Monday, January 5, 2009

Yale's Family and Community Archives Project

High school students

In the November/December 2008 issue of Archival Outlook, Nancy Lyon and Christine Weideman write about the Family and Community Archives Project (FCAP) jointly launched by Yale archivists from the Manuscripts and Archives Department and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The project introduced the archives profession to local highschool students by training them to be archivists for their own familes and communities.

What most impressed me was that they created lesson plans that explained archives in a simple, elegant way. Although I grew up with libraries and worked in them, I was only introduced to the archives as a graduate student in History. Outreach is needed to make the archives more accessible to those outside academia.

Explore the FCAP wiki of lesson plans, handouts, and resourses here.

The Society of American Archivists has also created an online resource, "Celebrating the American Record with Young People" here.

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