Introduction to Preservation for Archives

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Course Description

The principles of preservation management dictate that an archivist must first assess, then plan, and only then act. This course will instruct participants in the basics of archival preservation including appropriate care and handling of archival material, agents of deterioration, appropriate storage environments and enclosures, plus knowing when to contact a conservator.

This course is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.

Learning Method

This course is either taught online across four half-day sessions or in person over two days. Learning is done through a combination of lecture, personal reading, and practical exercises.


Introduction to Archives or experience working in an archive.


Registration is open to anyone although preference is given to CNSA Members. Staff and/or volunteers at CNSA member organizations, which are in good standing, can register at the discounted rate. Multiple staff/volunteers from a member organization may be eligible for a group discount. Please contact our Archives Advisor for details.

Members are eligible for a travel subsidy if this course is offered in person. Click here for Expense Claim Form for travel subsidy.

Reading (provided)

Marrelli, Nancy. Implementing Preservation Management: A How-to Manual for Archives. Montreal, QC: Réseau des archives du Québec, c. 1996.