Resources

We hope you enjoy our list of resources broken into the following sections:
Information Management Systems, Federal Agencies, State Agencies, County AgenciesArchivists & Librarians, Conservation & Preservation, Collection Appraisals, Humanities Networks, Genealogy, Oral History, Public History, Museum Networks, Conferences & Events, Arts, Culture, and Tourism, Non-Government Organizations, Student Organizations, Editing, Design, Humanities Job Listings, Podcasts, Television Shows

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 Information Management Systems:

ArchivesSpace, open source archives information management application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects library

  • ArchivesSpace Sandbox, “is for testing purposes only. Records created in the sandbox are cleared out frequently as updates are made to the application.”

Archivists’ Toolkit (AT), “is the first open source archival data management system to provide broad, integrated support for the management of archives.”

Archive-It, “subscription web archiving service from the Internet Archive that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content.”

Blacklight, “A multi-institutional open-source collaboration building a better discovery platform framework.”

CollectionSpace, “free, web-based, open-source collections management software for museums and more.”

CONTENTdm, by OCLC builds and showcases your digital collections on your personalized website with a subscription

Connexion, “is a full-service online cataloging tool backed by OCLC’s 40+ years of cataloging experience. Connexion lets you create and edit high-quality bibliographic and authority records and then share them with the entire OCLC cooperative, which benefits libraries around the world.”

CuadraSTAR by Lucidea “is the core technology that underpins all Cuadra’s solutions. It was developed to serve multiple information management needs in libraries, information centers, archives, museums, records centers, and publishing organizations. Organizations use CuadraSTAR to help them manage their mission-critical and cultural heritage information because of its comprehensive functisonality and excellent customer service.”

Islandora, “is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework.”

Nuxeo, a subscription to the “most flexible, scalable content services platform

Omeka, a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions with Dublin Core schema

PastPerfect Museum Collection Software & PastPerfect Version 5.0 User Guide

Samvera, “is a grass-roots, open source community creating best in class digital asset management solutions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and others.”

GitHub, “create a repository, start a branch, write comments, and open a pull request.”

Federal Agencies:

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, “is to develop and promote a broadly conceived national policy of support for the humanities and the arts in the United States, and for institutions which preserve the cultural heritage of the United States. The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities was created as an independent agency by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951). The Foundation consists of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”
NEA, “The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.”

NEH, “The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.”

NPS, “The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. ”

National Register, “The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation, ” protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.:

State Agencies:

California State Parks, “California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.”

Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), “began in 1953 with the establishment of the History Section of the Division of Beaches and Parks (the precursor to today’s California State Parks). Eventually, in 1975, the Office of Historic Preservation was officially established within the offices of the Director of California State Parks. The formation of the OHP was an outgrowth of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which called for the creation of a state agency to implement provisions of the law, including the preparation of a comprehensive historic preservation plan and a statewide survey of historical resources. Since its inception, the responsibilities of the OHP have grown to encompass a variety of federal and state preservation laws and agencies.”

  • DPR 523 Forms, “series of forms are used for recording and evaluating resources and for nominating properties.”
  • The California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS), “consists of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), nine Information Centers (ICs), and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The OHP administers and coordinates the CHRIS and presents proposed CHRIS policies to the SHRC, which approves these polices in public meetings. The CHRIS Inventory includes the State Historic Resources Inventory maintained by the OHP as defined in California Public Resources Code § 5020.1(p), and the larger number of resource records and research reports managed under contract by the nine ICs. “
  • California Historical Landmarks Registration, “are sites, buildings, features, or events that are of statewide significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value. The specific standards now in use were first applied in the designation of Landmark # 770. California Historical Landmarks #770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.”
  • California Register of Historical Resources, “designed this program for use by state and local agencies, private groups and citizens to identify, evaluate, register and protect California’s historical resources. The Register is the authoritative guide to the state’s significant historical and archeological resources. The California Register program encourages public recognition and protection of resources of architectural, historical, archeological and cultural significance, identifies historical resources for state and local planning purposes, determines eligibility for state historic preservation grant funding and affords certain protections under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).”
  • California Points of Historical Interest, “are sites, buildings, features, or events that are of local (city or county) significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other value. Points of Historical Interest designated after December 1997 and recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission are also listed in the California Register. No historical resource may be designated as both a Landmark and a Point. If a Point is subsequently granted status as a Landmark, the Point designation will be retired.”
  • Mill Act Program, “is administered and implemented by local governments. Mills Act contracts are between the property owner and the local government granting the tax abatement. The Office of Historic Preservation is not a signatory to Mills Act contracts. Each local government establishes their own criteria and determines how many contracts they will allow in their jurisdiction. For answers to specific questions such as local eligibility criteria, application procedures, and contract terms, contact the city or county official for your jurisdiction.”

County Agencies:

Orange County Archives: “serves as the main repository for historic property documents, vital records and other materials from county government. The Archives is open daily to offer assistance to local historians, property researchers, genealogists and students.

OC Parks, “encompasses regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.”

Archivists & Librarians:

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

  • National Archives at Riverside, California: Arizona, Southern California, and Clark County, Nevada records
    23123 Cajalco Road Perris, CA 92570-7298, Facility Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; 951-956-2000, riverside.archives@nara.gov

Society of American Archivists, (SAA) is “North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.”

Connecting to Collections Care Online Community, “helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections.”

Academy of Certified Archivists

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists, “Mission of ARCS is to represent and promote Registrars and Collections Specialists, nationally and internationally, to educate them in the professional best practices of registration and collections care, and to facilitate communication and networking.”

The Getty Research Institute, “furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute’s activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and together provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.”

H-HistBibl, is an international network of librarians, archivists, curators, and scholars interested in the practice and study of bibliographic and library services to support the study and teaching of history.

International Council on Archives

Library of Congress

Library 2.0, “the future of libraries in the digital age” with online conferences

Los Angeles Archivists Collective, “founded in 2014 and currently includes a membership base of approximately 300+ archivists, librarians, students, information professionals, and others who have a strong interest in the archival field.

LYRASIS, is “a non-profit membership organization built by our members to solve problems and create new solutions and innovations in technology, software, content and services for libraries, archives and museums.”

Smithsonian Institution Archives, “Explore all 47,795 records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, exhibits, and research.”

Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums & Listserv for registars

Library and Information Sciences Commons and Archival Science Commons, articles and advice from leading academic scholars

Northwest Archivists, “a regional association of professional archivists, users of archives, and others interested in the preservation and use of archival materials in the Pacific Northwest United States, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.”

Code4lib, ” isn’t entirely about code or libraries. It is a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff.'”

Computational Archival Science, “An interdisciplinary field concerned with the application of computational methods and resources to large-scale records/archives processing, analysis, storage, long-term preservation, and access, with aim of improving efficiency, productivity and precision in support of appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation and access decisions, and engaging and undertaking research with archival material.

International Standard of Organization, ISO 15489-1:2016, “applies to the creation, capture and management of records regardless of structure or form, in all types of business and technological environments, over time.”

Newspapers.com, “find historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research.”

Society of California Archivists

California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State

OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription, contribute records to WorldCat with RDA and AACR2 standards

Online Archive of California, “provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.”

Calisphere, digital collections made available by the UC Libraries

California Digital Library, “world’s largest digital research libraries” established by University of California

Western Archives Institute, “is an intensive, two–week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals.”

Guidelines, Manuals, and Handbooks

Conservation & Preservation:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

California Preservation Foundation, “From architectural icons, to transcendental cultural landscapes, California is rife with places worth celebrating. The California Preservation Foundation’s mandate not only focuses on educating and advocating for the protection of these places. We also have celebrated the places that matter most to Californians, from its monumental works of architecture and engineering, to the diminutive-yet stunning roadside vernacular architecture of places like Route 66.”

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, “nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services.”

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, (AIC) “has grown to over 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.”

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), “national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.”

Conservation OnLine, (CoOL) “is a freely accessible platform to generate and disseminate vital resources for those working to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. Through the support of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, CoOL is committed to growing and sustaining these resources into the future. As an authoritative and trusted source of information, CoOL serves to foster, convene, and promote collaboration.”

The Ephemera Society of America,  “is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it; to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest; to promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials; to serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars; and to contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally.”

Image Permanence Institute, is a “recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural heritage.”

Conservation OnLine

Northeast Document Conservation Center, “first independent conservation laboratory in the United States to specialize exclusively in the conservation and preservation of paper- and film-based collections. NEDCC provides professional conservation treatment for books, maps, photographs, documents, parchment, papyrus, manuscripts, architectural plans, and works of art on paper. NEDCC treats many highly significant paper and photographic objects and continues to be the premiere center for the most difficult conservation challenges.”

NEDCC Preservation 101

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Apr 24, 2018

CREATIVE FUNDRAISING FOR PRESERVATION

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May 8, 2018

AUDIO UPDATE: AUDIO PRESERVATION AT NEDCC

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Jul 18, 2018

WRITING A PRESERVATION PLAN

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Pacific Coast Archaeological Society, (PCAS) “was founded in 1961 as an avocational organization dedicated to the study, protection, and preservation of the cultural resources of the southern Pacific coast region, including the Baja Peninsula, with a special focus on Orange County, California.”

National Preservation Institute, (NPI) is to educate those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI was founded in 1980 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Collection Appraisals:

American Society of Appraisers

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.

International Society of Appraisers

Humanities Networks:

American Historical Association

Humanities & Social Sciences Online (H-Net)

Organization of American Historians

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines, acting as a community-based advisory force, and supporting excellence in research, publication, collaboration and training.

Genealogy:

Ancestry.com and Ancestry Academy, family research database that offers DNA tests

Ellis Island Foundation, ancestral immigration research

Genealogy.com, provides “research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles”

Heritage Quest, is powered by Ancestry.com and distributed by ProQuest

Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, ” is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, founded in 1986, with the goal of helping Hispanics/Latinos research their family history.”

Oral History:

Oral History Association (OHA)Gathering & preserving historical information through recorded interviews

Capturing our Community’s Voice with Multidisciplinary Approaches, OHA 2016 Conference Presentation

Oral History Review, publishes narrative and analytical articles and reviews that present and use oral history in unique and significant ways and that contribute to the understanding of the nature of oral history and memory. They have an OHR Blog.

H-Oralhist, a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is affiliated with the Oral History Association.

OHMS: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer – Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky LibrariesOnline resource for OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer). A digital tool to enhance online access to oral history

Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA)

SOHA News Blog

Oral History in the Digital Age

Digitalomium: Oral History, Archives, and Digital Technology: Blog by Doug Boyd

Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA), “faculty development initiative curating ‘high impact’ undergraduate research frameworks, digital storytelling tools, and best practices you can use for community-engaged teaching and learning.”

Oral History Society: Britain and Northern Ireland

In the Oral History Toolbox

Oral History Primer

Knight Lab Studio, “is an interdisciplinary class where Northwestern students, faculty, and professional staff work together at the intersection of storytelling, design, and technology: all media and platforms are fair game.”

Public History:

Society for History in the Federal Government, to promote study and broad understanding of the history of the US government

National Council on Public History (NCPH), “establishes professional standards, ethics, and best practices; provides professional development opportunities; recognizes excellence in a diverse range of public history activities; fosters networking and a sense of community among public history practitioners; and supports history education.”

H-Public, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-Public is devoted to the promotion of public history both within the profession and among our assorted public audiences.

H-Digital-History, The Association for History and Computing (AHC) exists to encourage and maintain interest in the use of computers in all types of historical studies at all levels, in both teaching and research.

Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, at Washington State University “works with diverse sets of people, institutions, and groups to create digital tools, projects, public programming, and educational opportunities for the many publics the University serves with an emphasis on ethical curation and collaborative scholarship.”

Google Arts & Culture, “is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums.”

CyArt, “using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time.”

Esri CityEngine, “improves urban planning, architecture, and design. Use its 3D visualization power to see the relationships of projects, assess their feasibility, and plan their implementation. CityEngine helps you make quality decisions that benefit your community for decades.”

ArcGIS (Geographic Information System), “provides contextual tools for mapping and spatial reasoning so you can explore data and share location-based insights.”

HyperCities, “A collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.”

HistoryPin, “a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.”

California Council for the Promotion of History

Exhibitions for Beginners Workshop by Society of California Archivists

Museum Networks:

The American Alliance of Museums, “is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community.”

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), “is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.”

California Association of Museums, “vision is ‘Stronger Museums for a Stronger California’. Our role in realizing this vision is to unify and strengthen California museums to expand their collective impact.

H-Local, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-LOCAL encourages scholarly discussion of state and local history and museums and makes available diverse bibliographical, research and teaching aids.

Western Museums Association (WMA), “is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to serving museums, museum professionals, as well as the related organizations and individuals, by providing vision, enrichment, intellectual challenge, and a forum for communication and interaction.

North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association, “one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world with members in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico! NARM has 985 arts, cultural, and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers and more that offer their individual NARM qualified members reciprocal benefits.”

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

Conferences & Events:

University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers

The History List, Conferences & Events

Arts, Culture, and Tourism:

Arts Orange County

Orange County Tourism Council

Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau

Destination Irvine
Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau

Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Visit California

Visit Newport Beach Inc.
Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau
Huntington Beach Marketing and Vistors Bureau

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) “is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.”

Non-Profits & Non-Government Organizations:

That Nonprofit Life, “Joan Garry has compiled a list of valuable resources for anyone working at a nonprofit, with tips on everything from how to manage staff to efficient fundraising methods to out-of-the-box public relations ideas.” See the full list here: https://bit.ly/2L2FUC6

Association Of Moving Image Archivists

Lions Clubs International

Rotary International

-See the entire UNESCO list

Student Organizations:

Phi Alpha Theta: a national history honor society

Editing:

The Chicago Manual of Style

Modern Language Association

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Elements of Style, by William Strunk

Design & Development:

Adobe Creative

Adobe Color CC, digital color wheel

BitBucket, is Git code management “gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy.”

HTML5 Tutorials

GitHub, “create a repository, start a branch, write comments, and open a pull request” using Python, JavaScript, Java, XSLT, and Ruby.

WordPress.org,”is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.”

Funding:

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

California Arts Council

The James Irvine Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

Pacific Life Foundation

PIMCO Foundation

Humanities Job Listings:

AASLH Career Center

American Alliance of Museums Career and Job HQ

American Library Association Job List

California Association of Museums Job Directory

California Arts Council Jobs

Getty Museum

Global Museum

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium for Southern California

LYRASIS Job Bank

Museum Association of Arizona Job Listings

Museum Jobs

National Council for Public History Job Listings, updated weekly on Mondays

Society of American Archivists Career Center

Western Museum Association Job Board

Bowers Museum

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Podcasts:

National Parks Service, They have the NPS Oral History project that shares stories about their sites and people.

Outspoken: A COPH Podcast, The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History “incorporates current projects, oral histories, and archival material into monthly conversations.”
The Wisdom Project Podcast, a Doug Boyd series for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

Amplify, the oral history podcast network

Storycorps, “Unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage & poetry in their words.”

KUCI,”broadcast at 88.9FM to the Irvine, CA and UCI area. KUCI can be heard in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and Tustin.”

  • Vintage Orange, A weekly KUCI radio program hosted by Ellen Bell that features Orange County history

National Public Radio (NPR)

Television Shows and Media:

PBS SoCal KOCE: Art Bound, Lost LA

History Channel

The Smithsonian Magazine

OC Historical Blog, “Information and photos for people interested in the history of Orange County, California.”