Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Survey


March 10, 2020—LYRASIS has been hired by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to develop a Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Survey. Thank you for your interest in the project—your support is critical to understanding the needs of small archives and supporting the field!

For the purposes of this survey, “small archives” are generally defined as those repositories with budgets of $100,000 or less and/or holdings of 1,000 cubic feet or less—these are not absolute figures—and repositories should not skip the survey if they have slightly larger budgets or holdings.

LYRASIS recommends reviewing the form and your answers with your colleagues before beginning to answer the survey online; they hope to have one survey representing a single institution, and not multiple surveys from a single site. The survey is available at

To assist you in drafting answers and completing the survey prior to entering your information online, a PDF version of the form has been included. If you wish, you may print the survey NHPRC.pdf to review and discuss with your colleagues before completing online.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey is editable, so that if you close or exit the browser before submitting your responses, you may finish later, but you are encouraged to complete it in one sitting.

Confidentiality: Your responses are being collected and analyzed by LYRASIS, an independent, nonprofit, membership organization serving libraries, archives, and museums. They will be kept confidential. Only aggregate results will be reported. Please answer these questions to help LYRASIS and NHPRC learn about Small and Diverse Archival Organization needs. To submit your answers, you must click on the “Done” button at the end of the survey form. Please submit the survey by March 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern time.

If you have any questions, please contact Leigh A. Grinstead at

Thank you for your support with this important project.

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