We know you've done your research. So you probably know that Simmons has the #1 ranked Archives Management program in the country — but is it right for you?

Archivists are in high demand as society becomes more concerned with preserving our heritage. Our program helps students gain knowledge in collecting, appraising and preserving documents and materials found in manuscripts, moving images and photographs, oral-history recordings, multimedia, government records and literary correspondence.

The archival profession has been growing steadily as the number of records and the knowledge and social consciousness about saving them have increased. You'll establish and maintain proper repositories in public and private organizations — such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies and corporations.

Because of our location in historic New England, we offer our students access to unique resources for study and research not found in other parts of the country. Our students go onto successful careers as processing, reference, digital assets and preservationist archivists. 

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

LIS Core Courses:

  • LIS 415 - Information Organization
  • LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services 
  • LIS 488 – Technology for Information Professionals 

Students are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415, and LIS 488 within their first 12 credits. * School Library Teacher Program and Archives Concentration students should see their respective program pages for specific requirements as they are different than those of other programs.

Four Archives Core Courses: 

  • LIS 438 - Introduction to Archival Methods and Services (internship required) 
  • LIS 440 - Archival Access and Use (prerequisites: LIS 415 and LIS 438) 
  • LIS 442 - Establishing Archives and Manuscripts Programs (prerequisite: LIS 438 and LIS 440)
  • LIS 456 - Managing Records in Electronic Environments (prerequisite: LIS 438)
    OR 
  • LIS 532E Archives and Cultural Heritage Outreach (prerequisite: LIS 438)
    OR
  • LIS 441 Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts(prerequisite: LIS 438)
    OR
  • LIS 433 Oral History (prerequisite: LIS 438) 
One Preservation Course: 
  • LIS 439 - Preservation Management for Libraries and Archives
    OR
  • LIS 448 - Digital Stewardship 

An internship is required as part of LIS 438. Students also have the option of taking LIS 502, which is a 130 hour internship plus three in-class meetings. Current standards in the archival profession recommend practical knowledge in addition to the best practices and theories taught in the core curriculum. 

For the additional semester hours required to complete the degree, archives management concentrators work with their advisor to design a program to meet individual backgrounds and goals. Although concentrators may take any courses in the SLIS program the following is a list of possible archives electives:

  • LIS 471 - Photographic Archives and Visual Information 
  • LIS 441 - Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts (prerequisite: LIS 438) 
  • LIS 443 * see note below - Archives, History and Collective Memory 
  • LIS 433 - Oral History 
  • LIS 532E - Archives and Cultural Heritage Outreach (prerequisite 438) 
  • LIS 462 - Digital Libraries 

*NOTE: This course is cross-listed with HIST 527. Dual Degree Archives/History students may register for this course through either the History department or SLIS.

For more details, see our course descriptions

Updated per faculty vote, April 2016.

Faculty
    Jeannette Allis Bastian
    • Jeannette Bastian
    • Professor & Director, Archives Management Concentration and Director, SLIS West
    • Phone: 617-521-2808
    • Office: P204G
    Janet Ceja
    • Janet Ceja
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2840
    Donna Webber
    • Donna Webber
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2850
    • Office: P204H
    Katherine Wisser
    • Katherine Wisser
    • Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Archives/History Dual Degree Program, Director of the Archives Certificate Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2887
    • Office: P310F
Online Program

We also offer a fully online master's degree/Archives Management concentration. The concentration follows the same requirements of the Archives Management Concentration offered on campus. It is recommended that students in the online concentration take no more than two courses per semester, including summer. All class modalities are open to students in our program (online, face to face, blended).

Course requirements are the same for all Archives Concentrators and include: Introduction to Archival Methods and Services (LIS 438), Archival Access and Use (LIS 440), a choice of 4 other courses and one preservation course. See the Program Requirements box above for more detail. 

Please be aware that an important component of the Simmons SLIS Archives Management concentration is an internship. This occurs as a 60-hour internship that will be completed during your second semester as part of LIS 438. Students also have the option of taking LIS 502, which is a 130 hour internship. We are committed to working with you as an online student to find sites in your local area, and will begin working with you on this process once your first semester's classes are underway.

Internships and Careers

Some of these positions have grown out of field placements from archives programs, like the one at Simmons SLIS. Due to its strategic location in historic New England, Simmons offers students access to resources for study and research not found in other parts of the country; students who graduate with the Archives Management Concentration typically find employment in archives of all kinds. Opportunities include:

  • Processing Archivist: Arrange archival materials in folders and boxes, and create finding aids that describe the contents of a collection.
  • Reference Archivist: Assist researchers in finding relevant materials.
  • Digital Assets Archivist: Manage the digital holdings of an archive, including digital photographs and computer files. Digitize important collections and maintain online access to these materials.
  • Preservationist: Specialize in protecting archival materials from the damage that can arise from weather, environmental conditions, natural disasters, and age.
Customize Your Program
You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
How to Apply

Ready to take the next step? We'll guide you through the requirements and deadlines — and get you started on your way.

Apply to the on-campus or online program.