Online Course: Basics of Archives (Winter 2023)

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    • Nonmember - $205
    • Academic Program - $105
    • Academic Faculty - $105
    • Academic Student - $105
    • Partner Institution - $105
    • Partner Institution Staff - $105
    • Premier Partner Institution - $105
    • Premier Institution Staff - $105
    • Platinum Partner Institution - $105
    • Platinum Institution Staff - $105
    • Complimentary - $105
    • Individual - $105
    • Subscription - $105
    • Institutional Budget - $105
    • Institutional Staff - $105

Course Description

The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. 

The course consists of seven lessons:

  • Archives and Archivists
  • Acquiring Your Collections
  • Processing Collections
  • Housing Your Collections
  • Access and Outreach
  • Digital Records
  • Digitization


SESSION DATES: January 9 - February 12, 2023

COST: $105 AASLH Members / $205 Nonmembers / 10% discount for STEPS participants with promo code found in the online STEPS Community

OPEN REGISTRATION: October 1, 2022 through January 3 , 2023; 100 participant limit. Courses typically fill up before the registration deadline, so register early.

Course Logistics

FORMAT: Online, self-paced course with instructor feedback

LENGTH: 5 weeks

PARTICIPATION: Students should expect to spend approximately 5-7 hours per week on readings, text-based forum discussions, and quizzes. Readings and quizzes can be completed at anytime during the 5-week period. There is no required time to be online. 

MATERIALS: There are no required textbooks for this course. All reading materials will be provided.  

TECHNOLOGY: Participants will need access to internet and a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet to participate in this course. 

CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (70% or higher) will earn a Certificate of Completion from AASLH.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials.

How to Register

Click here for instructions on how to register yourself or another user for this event. 

Participant Feedback

“This course was exactly what we need to improve our rather small Collection and take it to another step. Thanks for all of the ideas and information. I am especially impressed with how well the course is organized and presented online. The site was very well thought out and presented no problems for me – a slightly challenged computer geek-wanna be.”

“This was a marvelous course and now I have confidence that I can do the work: material to reference and people to communicate with as needed.”

“I just wanted to say thank you for having this course.  It has really helped me decide what direction I want to make my education in and had definitely helped me with some of the smaller preservation jobs I take on at the library.”

This content will not be available until 01/09/2023 at 9:00 AM (EST)

If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Professional Development staff at or 615-320-3203.

Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email to or mail to 2021 21st Ave S., Suite 320 Nashville, TN 37212. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

Cancellations/Refunds for online professional development (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email to or mail to 2021 21st Ave S., Suite 320 Nashville, TN 37212. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.