This is the author's accepted manuscript version of Weiner, S. A., Morris, S., and Mykytiuk, L.J. (Spring/Summer 2015). Archival Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate History Majors. American Archivist, 78(1),154-180.


Undergraduate history majors need to know how to conduct archival research. This paper describes the second phase of a project to identify “archival literacy” competencies. Faculty, archivists, and librarians from baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral/research institutions commented on a draft list. This resulted in competencies in six major categories: accurately conceive of primary sources; locate primary sources; use a research question, evidence, and argumentation to advance a thesis; obtain guidance from archivists; demonstrate acculturation to archives; and follow publication protocols. Collaborations of archivists, faculty, and librarians can integrate the competencies throughout undergraduate history curricula in their institutions.


archival literacy, primary source literacy, academic libraries, college and university archives, information literacy, historians, archivists, librarians

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