Western Archives Institute

Number of Members: 
$700 tuition
California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
Phone: 916-653–7715
Fax: 916-653–7134
General Email: 
ArchivesWeb [at] sos [dot] ca [dot] gov

The Western Archives Institute (WAI) is an intensive, two–week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but 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; 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.

Applications for the program are usually due in April, and the institute generally takes place in July.