Training in historical methodology provides a crucial foundation for practicing archivists in the 21st century. Thus, students in the Archives Track earn an MA in History with a concentration in Archives, rather than an MA in Library and Informational Science with a concentration in Archives. Today, in an age in which information is created in various forms at exponential rates, archivists must learn to preserve and provide long-term access to materials and also learn to create, present, and archive history online. As technologies rapidly evolve, archivists must continually learn new technological skills throughout their career. Acquiring and mastering research and critical-thinking skills in History, rather than learning only technical skills, provides archivists with a vast and deep foundational knowledge and subject area expertise. This imbues them with an invaluable and transferable skill: the ability to assess and recognize the intrinsic research value to collections.
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The mission of the UMass Boston Archives Track within the History MA program is:
- To provide students with a firm theoretical knowledge and hands-on training to prepare them to become professional archivists with technical skills, subject-area knowledge, research skills, and abilities to manage archival collections and electronic records
- To provide students with practical experience in archives, special collections libraries, historical societies, and cultural institutions
- To provide a space for students, faculty, and professional archivists to collaborate on digital archives and exhibits that increase public access to collections
Students in the Archives Track have the option of writing a Thesis or a Capstone. All archives students should consult with the Director of the Archives Program about their final project and whether they should write a Thesis or a Capstone.
Please contact the Director of the History and Archives Track with any questions:
Prof. Marilyn Morgan
McCormack Hall 4-418
For more information about the Certificate in Archives, click the link on the left.