UCLA’s Center for Primary Research and Training

During the spring 2010 quarter (my last!) I am working as a Fellow with UCLA’s Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT). Our website isn’t glamorous, but you can read a little more about the collections we’ve processed here. The CFPRT is part of the Young Research Library’s Special Collections department and the program began in 2004 with a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation. The CFPRT pairs graduate students with un-processed or under-processed archival collections we have in UCLA’s Special Collections in order to train graduate students how to work with primary materials as well as to make these materials more accessible for primary research by the academic community. CFPRT Fellows work directly with archival materials and learn the fundamentals of processing, surveying, preservation, and project management. In turn, Fellows produce an online finding aid that is exported the Online Archive of California so that the collection is made available for online searching.

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