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Home NDSU Archives: The Work of an Archivist

NDSU Archives: The Work of an Archivist

The work of an archivist

Have you ever wondered where you can read an 1896 edition of the Spectrum? Find out Fargo's original street names before the city adopted the standardized grid system? See NDSU’s first personal computer?

These items and millions more are preserved at the NDSU Archives – but some of the Archives’ most valuable resources are the Archivists themselves. Archivists organize and protect artifacts, documents, and books that are important to our university, city, county, and state. NDSU Libraries is celebrating American Archives Month by drawing attention to the work our archivists do to preserve our vast collections and help students, faculty, and community members find unique historical materials for their research.

Archives Associate Katrina Burch has been with the NDSU Archives for more than three years. Every day is a little different, but her typical routine includes managing records requests, assisting visitors at the reference desk, indexing the NDSU Spectrum, processing small collections, and working on various projects.

Burch became interested in archives while finishing up her undergraduate degree. “I knew I loved history,” said Burch. After completing a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology, she earned her master’s degree in Library Science. She started volunteering at a library and became hooked on working in the field of archives.

Interacting with students is Burch’s favorite part about working at the NDSU Archives. She enjoys helping students in history classes find primary sources for their projects and guides them to explore collections they might not have realized were available.

Outside researchers also appreciate Archives Associates’ expertise and searching skills. For example, a community member once sought Burch’s help in locating a photograph of a relative who had been murdered. When Burch was able to find the only photograph taken of that relative, the customer was ecstatic. “I get a lot of joy out of helping people find these things,” Burch said.

Burch works with Archives Associate John Hallberg and Archives Technician Candy Skauge to ensure our history will be accessible for years to come. Learn more about NDSU Archives here

Want to see three interesting items at the NDSU Archives? Watch this video and continue celebrating American Archives Month with us!

 

The NDSU Archives actively seeks additions to its collections.
If you are interested in donating, please call 701-231-8914
or email ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu.

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Last updated: 10/24/2018