I'm writing out my final report on the consulting project and reflecting on the incredible experience I've had over the past few months. The preservation association deserves credit for recognizing the need to archive this important collection for future access and research. I've been impressed to see how large the collection turned out to be and the variety of media that are presented among its records. The collection contains numerous opportunities for research, exhibits, and other projects that will support the work of the association.
Even though I've now worked in public history related positions for over five years, this project has demonstrated an even greater link between archives and outreach. The processing of this collection has revealed so many intriguing stories of events and people which contextualizes the historical significant of the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm. I'm looking forward to presenting some of my favorite finds in an exhibit walk at the end of the month.
I also appreciate the opportunity to understand how to apply information governance principles spanning the entire records spectrum to a smaller, non-profit environment. This experience has demonstrated the need to set realistic goals and milestones. However, I've also learned that these goals are scalable and can be achieved through various means at various levels to ensure that information assets are safe, preserved, and accessible.
Throughout the past few months, I've worked with documents and objects that are over a century old and I've also processed digital records that are barely a year old. Each class of information asset has presented its own challenge, but this project has also shown me the interrelations between them and how collectively they support the organization. Managing this project and ensuring that all of the outcomes were met has been challenging but highly rewarding.
Thank you for following this blog and the progress that we've made with the Shafer/Motherway Collection!
Jody Brumage is a graduate student in San Jose State University's Masters of Archives and Records Administration program. This project is fulfilling the MARA 295 course requirements for an Organizational Consultation Project.