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Managing Business Archives

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  • Edited by Sarah Polirer


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  • Business archivists need to be flexible, adaptable, and creative so that they can easily pivot to meet their companies’ changing priorities and needs. With insightful examples and practical discussions, Managing Business Archives provides direction for archivists making decisions in a dynamic business climate.


    Edited by Sarah Polirer, CA, CRM, a Fortune 100 company archivist, this book adeptly articulates the role and responsibilities of managing business archives. Nine corporate archivists with extensive experience apply the core archival functions of

    • selection, appraisal, and acquisition,
    • arrangement and description,
    • reference and access,
    • preservation,
    • outreach and advocacy,
    • ethical and legal responsibilities, and
    • archival management.


    Successful management of business archives is based upon these core archival principles—and the knowledge of when and how to apply and adapt these principles. Each chapter integrates current trends in business archives to help business archivists effectively achieve strategic priorities. A bibliography after each chapter offers further guidance and resources.


    This book is essential reading for any archivist working in a business setting as well as for those curious about business archives.


    Product Details

    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2022)
    Paperback: 182 pages
    Product Dimension: 7x10 inches
    Weight: 1.0 pounds
    ISBN: 978-1-945246-61-6


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  • Managing Business Archives effectively guides corporate archivists in understanding archival principles and determining when to pragmatically diverge from them. Business and non-business archivists alike will benefit from learning about the unique role the business archivist plays in the profession.” —Michael Bullington, McDonald’s Corporation

    Managing Business Archives covers a lot of ground in a meaningful way. It thoughtfully, and pragmatically, discusses how archival theory and standards can be applied in a corporate setting. The authors clearly and succinctly walk through the many different responsibilities that corporate archivists hold and synthesize trends in both archives and business to help business archivists succeed.” —Dr. J. Gordon Daines III, Brigham Young University