Archives 101: Demystifying Archival and Manuscript Collections

Join three Florida archivists as they share the fundamental steps in accessioning, organizing, and preserving archival materials. Learn about maintaining a collection's origins and protecting its context while achieving physical and intellectual control over the materials. Gain the knowledge and understanding needed to feel confident working with these unique materials.


Gerrianne Schaad
McKay Archives, Florida Southern College
Gerrianne Schaad is a Certified Archivist with 30+ years of experience in College and Museum Archives. She graduated with a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and has worked at the Smithsonian, Harvard University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and most recently, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. She has managed small and large repositories, and processed a variety of collections.

Krystal Thomas
Strozier Library, Florida State University
Krystal Thomas has a Master's degree from the University of Michigan - School of Information. An archivist for fifteen years, she is involved with the FSU Digital Library (FSUDL) and works as one of its primary managers as well as continuing to participate in the Florida Islandora development project. Her everyday work is a mix of digital project creation and management, supervision of the Digital Library Center and acting as a consultant for digital archiving projects on the Florida State University campus

David Benjamin
Special Collections & University Archives Libraries, University of Central Florida
David Benjamin has a Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Masters of Architecture in American Architecture and Landscape History from the University of Kansas. An archivist for twenty-five plus years, David is involved with a number of regional, national, and international organizations. David most recently worked at the University of Arizona where he was the Assistant Director of the Volkerding Study Center at the Center for Creative Photography. Prior to that he was the Visual Materials Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society.