2020 Western Archives Institute Application
Applications must be fully completed and received absolutely no later than March 2, 2020. Applications received after that date will not be accepted.

The 2020 Western Archives Institute will be held June 7 - June 19, 2020 on the San Diego State University campus in San Diego, CA
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Application Qualifications
Participation in the Western Archives Institute is by application only. To be considered for selection to the Western Archives Institute, applicants must be working with historical records or anticipate working with historical records in the next year. Supervised volunteer work and intern experience may be counted as work experience.

Individuals enrolled in graduate programs in history or library science are asked to provide information about their program of study.

Those not meeting these qualifications may apply for special consideration provided they can give evidence of relevant experience and can demonstrate a need for archives education.

Each individual interested in admission to the Institute must submit an application. If more than one person from an institution wishes to apply, there must be one application per person.
General Information
The Western Archives Institute Joint Management Committee reviews the applications after the application deadline. Participants are principally selected based on their urgency of need, prior education, nature and quantity of their present work or anticipated work in caring for archival materials, and any future opportunities for archival education. All applicants receive equal consideration without regard to geographic location or institutional affiliation. To assist the Management Committee in making certain that those with the most urgent need are admitted, it is important for applicants to provide as much information as possible about themselves, their experience, education, institution (if any), and what they hope to learn from the Western Archives Institute.

In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a signed letter of reference and a $100 application fee to be considered for selection (please do not submit a resume or curriculum vitae). The letter of reference can be submitted via regular mail, or emailed directly to WAI@sos.ca.gov, from the individual who is writing it for you (as a signed and scanned attachment). The letter should be from someone who is familiar with your work with archival materials and/or need for training. Or, if you anticipate working with archival materials, the letter should be from someone familiar with your anticipated responsibilities.

The $100 application fee must be paid by check or money order. You will receive a full refund if your application is not accepted. Please make the check payable to "SCA-Western Archives Institute" and mail it to the following address:

Western Archives Institute
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

For any questions about the application, applicant qualifications, or the review process, or to receive a PDF or Word copy of the application, please contact the Western Archives Institute Administrator at WAI@sos.ca.gov or (916) 653-7715.

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