2020 Western Archives Institute

  • 1.  2020 Western Archives Institute

    Posted Jan 15, 2020 05:19 PM

    2020 Western Archives Institute


    To apply to the 2020 Western Archives Institute, complete the online application. The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.


    A Word or PDF copy of the application is available upon request at Admission to the program is by application only and enrollment is limited.


    About WAI

    The 34th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at San Diego State University from June 7-19, 2020. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.


    The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions. There will be one introductory online session prior to the start of the on-site program.


    Principal Faculty Member

    Joshua Kitchens has agreed to serve as Principal Faculty Member. Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program, where he teaches a variety of courses that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. He previously served as an Archivist for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library's institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box, and the university archives.


    He holds a BA in history from Georgia College, an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University. He is also a certified archivist and serves on the Examination Development Committee for the Academy of Certified Archivists. Currently, he is researching appraisal practices and representation/access of archival collections and public records.


    Tuition & Fees

    Tuition for the Institute is $810 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February.  Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. (To assist in tuition payment, a Scholarship is available from the Society of California Archivists.)


    Additional Information

    For additional program information, see or, or contact:



    Western Archives Institute

    1020 O Street

    Sacramento, CA 95814


    Telephone: 916-653-7715

    Fax: 916-653-7134



    The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.


    Ellen E. Jarosz

    Associate Administrator, Western Archives Institute