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BACE: Basics of Archives
Continuing Education program

The Basics of Archives Continuing Education (BACE) program provides training materials designed to introduce individuals who have responsibility for archival collections -- but may never have received formal archival training -- to the basics of archives.

Taking the BACE course will not make anyone an archivist. Instead it is intended to make participants aware of the responsibilities and obligations that historical records programs accept when they bring an archival collection into their institutions. Ideally, the BACE program will connect professional archivists with those intelligent, hard working, and well meaning individuals who care for historical records in local institutions.

The BACE program could be used with a variety of audiences and presented by many kinds of organizations:


Volunteer workers
Administrative and clerical staff
Student workers

Presenting organizations

Archival repositories
Archival associations

BACE Materials


Introductory letter from Kathleen Roe, Terry Davis, and Charlie Arp [PDF] 62 KB

"Read Me First" document describing contents of CD-ROM [PDF] 12 KB


Student Workbook [zip file] 8640 KB

Facilitator's Manual [zip file] 3475 KB

Register for next online workshop offered by AASLH

The BACE CD-ROM for the online course contains additional resources, background reading, and examples. The CD can be duplicated for distribution to participants in onsite workshops. You can obtain copies of this CD in two ways:

Contact your state archivist (see Directory of State Archivists)

Order copies from AASLH (download copy of order form, 110 KB)

Publicize your workshop

Brochure that can be customized [PDF] 268 KB

Poster that can be customized [PDF] 348 KB

Development of the BACE Program

The BACE project was led by project directors Charles Arp, Battelle Memorial Institute (formerly of the Ohio Historical Society) and Kathleen Roe, New York State Archives.

Project members included Sandra Clark, Michigan Historical Center; Philip Kwiatkowski, Michigan Historical Center; and Raymond LaFever, New York State Archives.

The BACE project was administered by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and funded through a generous grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The BACE program responds directly to the Action Agenda developed during the National Forum on Archival Continuing Education. Basic archival education for nonarchivists was identified as a high priority by NFACE conference participants.