When Carroll Hart, director of the Georgia Department of Archives and History, began to formulate the idea of an archives training program at her institution in 1965, she was confronting a recurring and fundamental problem. There were few training programs for archivists in the United States, and only one course, a semester course in an undergraduate college, in the entire South. The oldest short-term training program at the National Archives in Washington, which in 1965 had just reduced its schedule from four weeks to two, could not provide a feasible training program for institutions whose personnel at all levels required basic introductory instruction. State archives in the Southeast were among the nation's oldest and most venerable institutions housing public and private records, but their rank and file staff lacked adequate preparation for archival work.
Matthews, Linda M.,
"The Georgia Archives Institute and the Training of Archivists, 1967-1989,"
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