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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Archival Processing

unprocessed cartons on shelf

processed boxes on shelf


Each CART fellow is paid to arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to unprocessed archival collections in the UCSC Special Collections & Archives. Fellows are trained by a professional archivist in established standards of processing, and follow the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries.

Tasks include: 

  • conducting a survey of unprocessed materials
  • re-housing materials and making preservation recommendations
  • writing descriptions of content
  • writing biographies and historical notes to provide contextual information on the creator of the materials
  • creating a public collection guide


Time Commitment

All CART fellows receive paid training as a cohort during a one-day session in early July. Then, each CART fellow works 100 hours during one academic quarter - either Summer, Fall, or Winter - to process a collection. Each fellow then returns to curate an exhibit based on that collection during Spring quarter for 20 paid hours.

Exhibit Curation

Each year, CART fellows collaboratively curate a public exhibition of materials from the collections they processed. This is an opportunity for fellows to delve deeper into their own research interests with the collections, collaborate other with fellows, develop exhibit curation skills, and write for a public audience. 

Fellows work on their exhibit during Spring quarter for 20 paid hours. Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to the exhibit opening event in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit spaces.


exhibit cases

people looking at exhibit cases

people watching video at exhibit

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