The Midwestern Archivist
Volume XIII, Number 1, 1988. 27-38.
This article, regarding the establishment of an archives at Oberlin
College, is available for download in the following format.
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ABSTRACT: Acquiring an appreciation for an archival programs
history is one of several steps to be taken by an archivist when
involved in planning or self-study exercises. This is an especially
important step for a new appointee who succeeds an archivist who
held the position for a long period of time. This article describes
the conflict and issues surrounding the establishment of an archives
at Oberlin College. As a case study, Oberlin is considered somewhat
atypical. While the study will add to our understanding of the development
of archives in the United States, it was written in order to educate
institutional resource allocators on past issues and to advance
specific archival program objectives.