Managing Historical Documents - Short Course 2018

When:5 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
6 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
7 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
8 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
9 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
12 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
13 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
14 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
15 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
16 Nov 2018, 9am - 5pm
Venue:Stage 1 - UNSW, Room LG2, Morven Brown Building, Stage 2 - University of Sydney, Seymour Centre
Who:Course Co-ordinator Dr Peter Orlovich
Managing Historical Documents

The School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales welcomes applications for the following Short Course for 2018 which is to be offered in an intensive mode in two stages; Stage 1 Monday 5 November to Friday 9 November 2018 at the University of New South Wales School of Humanities and Languages and Stage 2 from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018 at the University of Sydney, Seymour Centre.

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Two Stage Intensive Programme

This course provides an opportunity for you to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of preserving and organizing archives and historical documents, whether they be family papers and manuscripts or the archives of public or private corporations, organizations, associations and societies. The course curriculum has relevance to custodians of archives and historical manuscripts of public as well as private organizations, and is of particular relevance to local studies librarians, museum and historical society curators whose custodial responsibilities also include local government archives and private or personal papers. The knowledge and skills imparted in this course have application for the management of archives and manuscripts in a wide variety of institutions and organizations, such as schools and colleges,churches and religious congregations, professional associations and learned societies, industrial organizations, pastoral and agricultural societies, business corporations, and local government authorities.

Pre-requisite Requirements

There are no pre-requisite qualifications required for enrolment in the course. However, it is desirable that participants should be able to present their written assignments in word processed form, or to arrange for them to be typed in word-processed form, as one of the major outcomes of the course will be a report on, and compilation of an inventory of, the archives of an organization or agency agreeing to host the Short Course Field Work Practicum.

Dates of the Course

The course will be offered in intensive mode over two Stages in two consecutive weeks between 5 November and 16 November 2018, as follows:

Stage 1 Principles and Techniques

Monday 5 November to Friday 9 November 2018 (Times 9am – 5pm)

Venue: Principally at the Kensington Campus of the University of New South Wales, School of Humanities and Languages, Room LG2, Lower Ground Floor, Morven Brown Building, but includes visits to some archival repositories in the Sydney area.

Stage 2 Field Work Practicum

Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018 (Times 9am - 5pm)

Venue: To be conducted in the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney, Camperdown/Darlington Campus


Intending participants who reside outside of the Sydney metropolitan area should make their own accommodation arrangements for the duration of the two stages of the course to suit their own convenience. A list of motels providing accommodation in the vicinity of the University of New South Wales at Kensington and Randwick can be supplied upon request from the Course Convenor at the School of Humanities and Languages.

The Course Venues

Stage 1 of the course will be offered principally at the Kensington Campus of the University of New South Wales. Depending on the convenience of host organisations, excursions may be made to some of the following: a Local Government archive repository; a sports heritage centre; a show society heritage centre and/or a School Archives. All excursion visits will be by public transport. Opal Cards can be purchased at University campus outlets. Although the University encourages public transport, and the Short Course is offered ‘out of session’, there will be very limited street parking around the University while University examinations are conducted.

Stage 2 will involve students in a Field Work Practicum undertaken at a local government authority; a tertiary education institution or college; an association or society or other such organisation as is deemed appropriate and relevant for the participants. The location of this will be confirmed prior to the commencement of Stage 1 of the course, and will be within the Sydney area. The 2018 Practicum will be conducted at a location within the University of Sydney Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

Enrolment Fee

The enrolment fee for the course is $1300, which will include tuition, morning and afternoon tea and course notes. Enrolment Procedure Please click the below link to enrol. Upon receipt of payment you will receive a tax invoice and the detailed programme will be emailed to you.

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Further information

For further information and course outlines please contact: The School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales by telephone: (02) 9385 2343; Fax: (02) 9385 8003 or email:

Course Coordinator


The Short Course in Managing Historical Documents, which has been offered annually since 1999, will be coordinated and taught by Dr Peter Orlovich, Visiting Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales. His email address is if you require any technical details. Following an initial appointment as Mitchell Library Research Fellow in the Mitchell Library Manuscript Department in 1964-1965, Dr Orlovich served for seven years as Archivist and later Assistant Senior Archivist with the Archives Office of NSW before his appointment as Lecturer in Archives Administration at the University of NSW in 1973 where he inaugurated the first professional graduate diploma and postgraduate tertiary level courses in Archives Administration in Australia. He has undertaken extensive research on the management of local government archives and the archives of churches and religious congregations. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Part-Time Archivist with Kogarah Municipal Council, and from 2002 to 2009 as Director of Archives with the SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection, a collaborative partnership of the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford (SBW) Foundation and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). From 2009 to 2014 he was Chief Archivist with the SBW Foundation Archives, Library and Performing Arts Collection. His research interests include the history of archival training and the ‘science’ of archives, archival development in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and the evolution of administrative history as an auxiliary science to Archives Administration. He has coordinated Archival training programmes in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Nauru and is an Honorary Member of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) and an Honorary Member of the Australian Society of Archivists, Inc. He is presently Honorary Archives Adviser to the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Heritage Centre and a member of the Executive Committee of the Botany Historical Trust.


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