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Archives Basics for Churches

A series on archives basics, useful for congregations and dioceses of the Episcopal Church, presented in Epiphany 2024 and now available for viewing. Additional resources available below.

Session 1 | Introduction and Orientation

Outline (RTF)
Slides (PDF)

Session 2 | Policies and Practices

Watch recording of the session button

Outline (RTF)
Slides (PDF)
Sample Access Policy (RTF)

Session 3 | Organizing the Organization’s Records

Outline (RTF) | Slides (PDF)
Sample Inventory Card Blank (PDF) & Filled (PDF)
Sample Records Group Congregation (PDF) Diocese (PDF) Diocesan Generic (PDF)

Session 4 | Digital and Personal Papers

Outline (RTF) | Slides (PDF)
Sample Gift Agreement 1 (PDF)
Sample Gift Agreement 2 (PDF)
Sample Deed of Gift (PDF)
Massey Papers Bundle Document (PDF)

Session 5Operations and Administration

Outline (RTF) | Slides (PDF)
Sample Photographs Arrangement (RTF)

Session Presenters

John Rawlinson

  • Past Archivist of the Diocese of California
  • Archivist of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Contact John

Susan Stonesifer

  • Archivist of the Diocese of Washington
  • Past President of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists

Contact Susan

Matthew P. Payne
  • Historical Society Director of Operations
  • Archivist and Historiographer of the Diocese of Fond du Lac

Contact Matthew

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