Archives and Records Management


Emil Hoelter


University of Tennessee – Knoxville



IS 564 is a survey course, covering the history, theory, methodology, and practice of archival studies, including: fundamentals of acquisition and appraisal; evaluation and value; arrangement and description, preservation, reference and access, outreach and advocacy, and standards, tools and technologies. The course is designed to be reflective of the current state of archives, exploring such issues as the differences between the “archives” of a blog and a traditional archival repository (if there is such a difference), the archives’ role in the lives of people who may never enter an archives reading room, and the role of cultural institutions in the keeping of memory and in social justice. We will look at the relationships between the archives and records management fields, and discuss how archival and records management practice fit into the larger world of information management. No previous archival or history education or experience is necessary. This course is designed for students with an interest in archival professions, as well as students interested in simply learning more about archival concepts, principles, theory and practice as these intersect with several other subdomains within the information science landscape.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

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