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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Archival Processing


During Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, each CART fellow is paid to work a total of 100 hours to arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to archival collections in UCSC Special Collections and Archives. These collections usually revolve around a certain theme from year to year, and have not been processed or made available for research before the fellows start their work. 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. Common tasks include surveying unprocessed materials, rehousing materials and making preservation recommendations, writing descriptions of content, writing biographies and historical notes to provide contextual information on the person or organization who created the materials, and creating a finding aid for the collection. 

The following finding aids are available for collections processed as part of the Center for Archival Research and Training:

Exhibit curation

Each year, CART fellows curate a public exhibition of materials from the collection they processed earlier that year. Fellows can collaborate with each other to select materials for the physical exhibit, and also use tools like Omeka, Scalar, and Neatline to create a digital companion exhibit. This experience is an opportunity for fellows to delve deeper into their own research interests with the collections, collaborate with fellows from other disciplines, be trained in the curation of physical and digital exhibits, and get experience writing for a public audience. While working on the digital exhibit in particular, fellows learn about digital and web-based tools and platforms in the Digital Scholarship Commons that help them find the best way to showcase their research interests and tell the story they want to tell about the collection. Fellows have gone on to use tools like Scalar and Omeka in their own research and teaching projects after CART.

Fellows usually work on this exhibit component of CART during spring quarter, with the exhibit opening in early summer, and they receive a stipend upon successful completion of the exhibit.