Library & Information Science (MS)/Archives Management Concentration
"Simmons is surrounded by so many wonderful historical societies and museums. The richness of the community we're in really contributes to our teaching and the experiences of our students."
Jeannette Bastian, MS Shippensburg University, MPhil Univ. of the West Indies, PhD Univ. of Pittsburgh
Associate Dean, Professor, and Director of the Archives Management Program
The demand for archivists is expanding as society becomes more aware of the value of preserving our heritage. Archivists collect, appraise, and preserve documents and materials found in manuscripts, moving images and photographs, oral-history recordings, multimedia, government records, and literary correspondence. They work in varied settings, such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies, and corporations. For the Archives Management concentration, course requirements include: Introduction to Archival Methods and Services (LIS 438), Archival Access and Use (LIS 440), and Managing Records in Electronic Environments (LIS 456).
The archival profession has been growing steadily since the 1970s as the number of records and the knowledge and social consciousness about saving them have increased. As a result, new and improved jobs have been created in public and private organizations, where archivists establish and maintain proper repositories for larger and more diverse collections of records. Some of these positions have grown out of field placements from archives programs like the one at Simmons College. In fact, due to its location in historic New England, Simmons offers students access to resources for study and research not found in other parts of the country.