Donors And Archives: A Guidebook For Successful Programs by Aaron D. PurcellDonors And Archives: A Guidebook For Successful Programs by Aaron D. Purcell

Donors And Archives: A Guidebook For Successful Programs

byAaron D. Purcell

Paperback | February 12, 2015

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Donor work and fundraising is essential for any vibrant archival program. Without new collections and new funding, archives programs can stagnate, and their operations can become vulnerable to economic downturns. Archivists spend a lot of time managing collections, other archivists, and researchers in their reading rooms, but often not enough time considering the stuff that makes up their collections, where that stuff comes from, and how that stuff-and the sources of that stuff-can be valuable tools for advocacy, promotion, and fundraising for their archival programs. Donors and Archives: A Guidebook for Successful Programs reviews the complex landscape of donor work, archival donations, and institutional fundraising for today's archivists. It provides practical approaches to enhance donor relations for all types of archival programs, such as academic, government, private, and corporate archives. The book covers the planning, the process, and the partners needed for successful donations and donor programs. Arranged into four sections, the book offers practical advice and best practices in a number of areas including: how donations work, who donates to archives, how to prepare for donors, how to evaluate and manage the stuff from potential donors, how to work with an institution's development office, what are the obligations and expectations of archivists and donors, how to develop donor strategies, how to work with friends and supporters of the archives program, what happens after the donation is complete, and what is the overall value of donors to archival programs. Donors and Archives: A Guidebook for Successful Programs highlights the importance of development and fundraising for archives, while focusing on the donor and potential donor. Their interest, their support, their enthusiasm, and their stuff are vital to the success of archival programs. Archivists involved in donor work and fundraising will find the practical advice and best practices in this book applicable, replicable, timely, and valuable.
Aaron D. Purcell is professor and director of special collections at Virginia Tech. He frequently works with donors, potential donors, alumni, development officers, and fundraisers to acquire new collections and funding for his archival program. Purcell earned his PhD in history from the University of Tennessee, his master's of library...
Title:Donors And Archives: A Guidebook For Successful ProgramsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8.94 × 5.72 × 0.71 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810892170

ISBN - 13:9780810892170


Table of Contents

List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Part I: The PlanningChapter 1: Donor Preparedness and the Archival ProgramChapter 2: Archival Obligations and Shared ExpectationsChapter 3: Developing Donor StrategiesPart II: The ProcessChapter 4: Negotiating and Reviewing a Potential DonationChapter 5: The Details of a DonationChapter 6: The Days Following a DonationPart III: The PartnersChapter 7: Donor Types Chapter 8: The Development Office and the ArchivesChapter 9: Friends, Lovers, and Supporters of ArchivesPart IV: The PayoffChapter 10: The Value of Donors and a Donor ProgramIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Purcell's latest represents an overdue comprehensive examination on building relationships with donors, and establishing a coherent program to support this crucial facet of archival work. Purcell considers the sphere of the archival profession and the role of donor relations in each context - collection management, strategic planning, facility support, staffing considerations, processing, description, and digitization. The illustrative anecdotes will feel familiar to archivists working in academia, private institutions, corporate archives, or at government repositories. It is certainly required reading for any archivist new to stewarding such relationships - the bibliography alone is essential. I wish someone handed me a copy of this book on my first day on the job.