Introduction to Archives

Course Description

This course provides an overview of archives and archival practice. By the end of the course, students should be able to distinguish archival records from other types of records, recognize risks to preserving archival materials, know what a fonds is an how it's organized, plus have a basic understanding of the seven core archival functions: acquisition, accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and access & reference.

This course is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program. Those wanting to complete the Certificate will need to submit an assignment at the end of Introduction to Archives to demonstrate their comprehension of course content.


Learning Method

This course is taught online by our Archives Advisor across four half-day sessions. The bulk of the learning is done in class through lectures, discussions, and activities, but some reading will be required between sessions.


No prior knowledge is required, however, experience working in or with archival records is an asset.

Registration & Cost

Registration is open to all although preference is given to CNSA members. Staff or volunteers at CNSA member organizations that are in good standing can register at the members' rates. Multiple staff/volunteers from a member organization may be eligible for a group discount. Please contact our Archives Advisor for details.

See Course & Workshop Registration for upcoming offerings or contact our Archives Advisor.