A Day in the Life of an Archivist

Today the Bentley Historical Library is made up of three divisions--the Michigan Historical Collections (MHC) which documents Michigan and Michigan's people, the University Arhcives and Records Program (UARP) which serves as the University of Michigan archives, and Reference and Access Services, which assists reading room researchers and remote researchers in answering their questions.

First, the staff members of MHC and UARP bring the papers, records, photographs, maps, audiovisual material, architectural drawings, etc. into the building, arrange them in a usable order (if necessary), re-folder and re-box them in acid-free folders and boxes (if necessary), describe the material in a finding aid, and create a catalog record for MIRLYN -(Michigan Research Library Network).

The Reference and Access Services staff not only help researchers with their research strategies, teach them to use the various research tools, i.e. MIRLYN, finding aids, subject guides and indexes, and digital publications, but also provide orientations to classes and groups throughout the campus, community, and state to help familiarize them with the resources of the library. The photographs below show staff and former staff performing some of these tasks.