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As diverse and rich as the American demographic is in their contents, the personal papers of members of Congress have tremendous and often untapped historic value in documenting each members district or state and its relationship to the federal government. Yet congressional collections challenge archivists and collecting institutions with every conceivable management problem associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century records. From soliciting the collection and working with the member's office through detailed processing guidelines to planning effective outreach activities, each chapter of this manual includes the best practices for managing these unwieldy collections.
A project of the Congressional Papers Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists and funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Managing Congressional Collections serves the needs of administrators and archivists who work with these specialized collections.
"...benefits all archivists, who encounter in their collections similar difficulties that congressional manuscripts present..." --MARGOT NOTE, The Metropolitan Archivist (Summer 2009)
"Practical and laden with seasoned advice, it is a must-read for potential donors, repository administrators, and archivists considering or working with these collections." --GRETA REISEL BROWNING, Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists (Summer 2009)
". . . will serve archivists best as a quick reference guide." --ELIZABETH A. MCALLISTER, American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2009)
Society of American Archivists
(2008) 130 pp., soft cover