Welcome To AASLH Distance Learning!

The Basics of Archives

Welcome to the world of distance learning and the American Association for State and Local History's workshops. We hope that this workshop provides a beneficial and enjoyable learning experience for you.

The Basics of Archives is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

The workshop was developed by a team of archives specialists from the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators (COSHRC), the Michigan Historical Center, the New York State Archives, and the Ohio Historical Society. The project was funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For information about this or future AASLH courses, email Karla Nicholson.

The American Association for State and Local History
AASLH exists to serve the entire field of state and local history. Included in its membership are organizations and individuals from institutions as large as Colonial Williamsburg and the Smithsonian Institution to local historical societies in communities all across the U. S. The Association works hard to represent the field in all of its diversity with a roster of programs and services that are meeting members' needs and progressively advancing the goals and standards of the field.

The following programs and services form the core of AASLH's current offerings. For more information, go to www.AASLH.org. For membership information, email membership@aaslh.org.

  • Census of History Organizations in America
  • Corporate History Initiative
  • Historic House Museums Initiative
  • National Leadership for History
  • On-call Resources and Services
  • Pathways
  • Performance Measurement
  • Periodicals-History News magazine and the monthly Dispatch newsletter
  • Presidential Sites and Libraries Initiative
  • Professional Development Workshops, Seminars, and E-Learning Courses
  • Small Museums Initiative
  • Technical Resources

Please view our Course Contributors and Acknowledgements.