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Welcome! This site has been developed to allow the University Archives to share the research findings of its professional staff. It includes occasional contributions from recently conducted research studies, conference presentations, and analyses of current archival and records issues. In instances where this site serves as a pre-print forum for works submitted to professional journals, the works may be removed from this site when the published version appears.

Comments and suggestions for papers are welcomed. Editors and others interested in publishing these works are encouraged to contact the authors at the listed address.

Copyright in the works on this site is held by the individual author/co-authors, except as noted. Readers are hereby granted permission to link to any of the papers on this site and to make single prints for personal study. Written permission of the author should be obtained before making electronic copies or multiple prints.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or of the University of Illinois Library.

William Maher ( Vitae)
My research interests center on programs for cultural archives in institutions of higher education and policy issues in the management of archives. Building on the experience of the University of Illinois Archives in providing a model for the selection, preservation, and use of the records of professional associations, I have focused on academic archives and the use of archival service agreements for the management of association archives and continue to receive requests on these topics. In addition, I have a developing interest in intellectual property law and the rights of librarians, archivists, and users, especially in the historical context of United States copyright law. Representative research papers include:

Chris Prom (vitae, PDF)
My research interests include the description of archives and manuscripts in an electronic environment, including usability/user interactions with finding aids and digital resources. I am currently working on a project to measure and understand use of archival information with the assitance of Google's webmaster tools and Google Analytics. I also maintain ongoing interests in British labor and economic history. Representative research papers include:

Ellen Swain (vitae)