This article examines curriculum for graduate archival education in the university. In the light of the history of archival education and the development of archives in North America, the author advocates and defends the concept of an autonomous degree for archivists by evaluating the experience of the Master of Archival Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and by offering a philosophy of curricular development. The premise of his argument is that subjects long recognized as constituting a core of archival knowledge form the basis of the archival curriculum onto which knowledge of other disciplines may be grafted.

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