Approximately thirty years ago, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) embarked on an effort to standardize and possibly accredit archival education at the graduate level. American archivists and manuscripts curators have traditionally had extensive graduate training in history. In terms of what archival education should be, however, there was simply no consensus on basic matters. Moreover, such consensus was essential to any national education program. Miller's paper examined the various options through 1983 and concluded that in the end, the Society lacked both the will and the resources to accredit graduate programs. Using Camus's Myth of Sisyphus as a metaphor for the Society of American Archivists' efforts to standardize the educational process, Miller suggested that the Society examine alternative means of formalizing graduate-level education. While not suggesting any particular changes, Miller urged the Society to consider the existence of other possibilities.
Research Article| September 01 2000
The SAA as Sisyphus: Education Since the 1960s
The American Archivist (2000) 63 (2): 224–236.
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Fredric Miller; The SAA as Sisyphus: Education Since the 1960s. The American Archivist 1 September 2000; 63 (2): 224–236. doi: https://doi.org/10.17723/aarc.63.2.kh857t69xm658527
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