GHRAC Announces Georgia Archives Institute Stipend

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, in conjunction with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Archives, has available two stipends to cover attendance at the 2019 Georgia Archives Institute (GAI). These stipends are funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and are contingent on congressional authorization of continued funding of NHPRC.

The two stipends are available to employees or volunteers at local government repositories. Preference will be given to applicants from underserved communities. Recipients will receive tuition in addition to $1500 to cover travel and accommodations in Atlanta and will be eligible for a post-training implementation sub-grant. The sub-grant will only be available to the two stipend winners. We will be in direct contact with the winners after GAI.

Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians or those whose positions have expanded to include the management and care of their organization’s archives or manuscript/history collection, the Georgia Archives Institute provides general instruction in core concepts and practices of archival administration and the management of traditional and modern documentary materials. The Institute is a two-week program held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, and includes six days of classroom instruction and a three-day internship.

This year, the Institute will be held June 10-21. Instructional topics include appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, reference and outreach, security, copyright, born-digital records, and preservation and care of archival materials. Students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

Pam Hackbart-Dean will be the principal instructor. She has been Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2006. Prior to that appointment, she was head of Special Collections at Georgia State University and was Assistant Head/Processing Archivist for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Study at the University of Georgia.

Pam has been active in many professional archival organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Society of Georgia Archivists. She has conducted a number of workshops on arrangement and description, as well as published articles and books on the subject. Pam received her MA from the University of Connecticut.

Look for the grant application on the Georgia Archives website under “Announcements.”  To apply, submit a completed application form to by April 4, 2019.