Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation
This new book by Melissa Mannon advocates for the security of cultural knowledge, memory and identity. Learn how collaboration can help ensure that your community history is thoroughly documented and preserved for future generations.
From the back cover...
"Collaboration" is not just a trendy buzzword in museums, libraries, and archives. Working together can propel stability, focus, and success for the 21st century. Establishing collecting partnerships within a community not only strengthens an institution's visibility, but also promotes cultural awareness and improves civic engagement.
Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation is a practical guide for cultural institutions that wish to work together to more fully document their local history. Archivist and cultural heritage consultant Melissa Mannon discusses the pervasiveness of archives throughout communities and argues that historical records serve as a cultural thread that supports local identity and the missions of diverse institutions.
Melissa has brought together a great deal of the professional literature from the library, museum, and archives worlds toward the goal of more thorough and systematic documentation of local communities. I enjoyed her straight forward writing style throughout. The case studies are especially engaging as she clearly explains the key elements of success (or failure) in each of the local stories. Collaboration and collection development planning are hard work. I hope her volume will inspire others to make that investment on behalf of the future."
- John Fleckner, Senior Archivist - Archives Center, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
In short order Melissa argues a convincing case for the centrality of archival records for the public good; offers clear, direct, and helpful community-based examples that feel more like customizable templates rather than absolute prescripts; and, uplifts both the committed professional and the dedicated amateur alike...Whether desirous of obtaining a sense of the philosophical foundations, historical understanding, practical methods, or real-life snapshots of archives at work within communities, any professional working in the world of community-building through heritage and cultural resources could find something of value here.
- Ryan Lewis, Program Officer - Outreach & Programs, Illinois Humanities Council
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Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation is a practical guide for communities working to identify, preserve, and leverage their historical resources to promote cultural heritage and local spirit. The book aims shows the pervasiveness of historical records within our civilization and how everyone can be a "cultural heritage collaborator" to ensure that a complete record of our society is kept for future generations.
- Twelve model repositories
- The Who, What, and Why of Collecting Historical Records
- Collection Development and Collaboration
- The Practice of Collection Development
- Worksheets for surveying and appraising collections
- Tips for writing mission statements and policy
Author Melissa Mannon is an archivist, cultural heritage consultant and author of the ArchivesInfo blog and newsletter. She encourages cultural heritage organizations to work collaboratively with local governments, businesses, and individuals who keep records in order to identify archives and plan for their care.