Priorities at Memory Institutions

Much of what I have noted so far while completing this internship has revolved around the collection’s lack of professional archival oversight. This is no criticism of the institution; the MCHC’s goal is not to connect their patrons with these documents—they will allow it, but it is not a priority of the institution. Resources are limited, and hiring such a professional would not be realistic. Ultimately, I am enjoying learning how differently decisions are made at places that are not primarily archival institutions but do have archival needs. The internship is providing insight into the complexities of memory institutions, and how they must balance resources and priorities, which is part of why I find the field so fascinating to begin with.

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