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When and Where
  • 3/9/2020 9:00 AM CDT
  • 3/10/2020 5:00 PM CDT
  • 2/10/2020 12:00 PM CST
  • College of William & Mary
  • Williamsburg
  • VA
  • Aliza Leventhal
  • Timothy Walsh

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Graphic Design and many other professions produce design and construction records that provide a unique perspective for understanding the design process and the built environment. These records, created through complicated work processes, often are produced with fragile materials, fugitive media, and complex digital files, making the implementation of basic archival functions of appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, and reference a formidable task. In this two-day workshop, participants learn how to preserve and provide access to physical and digital design and construction records. The first day covers the process of design, legal issues, appraisal, types of records, arrangement, and description; the second day focuses on media and support identification, preservation, reformatting, reference, and patron use.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Reflect the process of design in arrangement and description of architectural materials
  • Identify the special legal issues created by design and construction records
  • Identify content and intent of physical and digital design drawings and construction
  • Develop methodologies for appraisal, arrangement, and description appropriate for a variety of repositories
  • Identify specific media and supports used for design and construction drawings
  • Recognize common types of physical deterioration, methods for preservation of born-digital and digitized records, various options for holdings maintenance, and when to refer problems to professional conservators
  • Become familiar with a variety of housing and digital storage methods for design and construction drawings and identifying those appropriate for their institution and budget
  • Make informed decisions for reformatting design and construction records for access and preservation
  • Address the specialized handling, reproduction, and use needs when providing reference and access for this material
  • Become familiar with digital design landscape and the unique preservation and access concerns regarding computer-aided design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) records

Who should attend? Basic knowledge of archival practice and professional standards

The Arrangement & Description Competencies Addressed in this Course: 

  • 1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.
  • 2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
  • 4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
  • 6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
  • 7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Attendance is limited to 35.