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ARCHIVES  October 1996, Week 1

ARCHIVES October 1996, Week 1

Subject:

Re: one-person archives

From:

Deborah Baroff <[log in to unmask]>

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Archives & Archivists <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 2 Oct 1996 18:33:18 -0500

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Joanne Sawyer, Hiram College Archives, Ohio, stated:
        >We have a great amount of research going here by
        >outside patrons, and I've become quite firm about
        >the need for an appointment.  First of all, it allows
        >me to serve these patrons better if I can be prepared
        >for their visits.  It .also means they will not be dis-
        >appointed if they show up when I'm not here.
 
I've always had a problem with patrons making appointments.
Within our museum, I'm the one-person special collections branch
(I guess you would say.)  I have the honor of overseeing the
research library, archives AND photo archives.  Because I was
getting interrupted just trying to finish one task, we decided to
set up "Research on Tuesdays and Thursdays only"
But I feel so bad for people visiting from out-of-state, I'm always
breaking my rule.  I DO ask, when I'm called "up front" to greet
people, if the researchers live in town or are visiting our fair state.
(What a nice person, eh?)
 
Joanne makes an excellent point when she says:
>Perhaps some archivists would not agree with me, but I also
>feel that requiring appointments raises the respect which patrons
>have for the archives.  We have no problem making appointments
>with other professionals for their services; why should we feel that
>archivists can do their best work spontaneously?
 
I know I have to make appointments 6 months in advance to see
some doctors.  Many people who come to the museum find out
about us from someone else in the community (no, we're not
on-line - yet)  I think the problem is a lot of our patrons are not
professional researchers.  Personally, I like mail requests !  {:-Deb
 
+++++Deborah Anna Baroff, Curator of Special Collections+++++
+++++++++Museum of the Great Plains   Lawton, OK++++++++
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