This project will gather data about the current state of institutional web-available histories of Special Collections and University Archives. As a result of this data collection, the Archival History Section will be able to promote the writing of online archival histories of research and academic institutions, including archives and special collections in college and university libraries.
The Crowdsourced Special Collections and/or University Archives Histories’ Web Review seeks to assess the landscape of archival and special collection library history in the United States, with a particular focus on histories of university archives and special collection libraries available on the web. Contributors to this project — YOU, the readers of Archival History News — can assist by checking particular institutions’ websites for specific webpages devoted to the history of either Special Collections or University Archives, and reporting that information in a Google Form, created by the editorial team at Archival History News.
In the first phase of the project, the 351 schools in the NCAA Division I were reviewed without crowdsourcing. Now, a survey of the 305 NCAA Division II schools needs YOUR ASSISTANCE. It will be crucial to complete the review by the end of 2019, in order for the data to remain fresh and up-to-date, given changes to urls on the internet. A third phase will review the websites from the 450 NCAA Division III schools.
Please contribute your time to this important project by accessing the Google Form, where further instructions are provided:
Disclaimer: This web review is produced with the support of the Archival History Section of the Society of American Archivists [SAA]. It is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with the NCAA. The classification is simply used to generate the list of schools.
Sample Collection Data, through January 2019
Webpages related to the institutional histories of Special Collections and University Archives have been identified in about 8-10% of the NCAA Division I schools. Examples have been compiled and organized below according to the complexity of the histories and the most identifiable date of that institutional repository’s creation, as stated within the linked webpages.
MULTI-PAGE Histories of Special Collections libraries and/or University Archives
SINGLE-PAGE Histories of Special Collections libraries and/or University Archives
STUB Histories of Special Collections libraries and/or University Archives (often included in “About” webpages)