Archive Trainees Group Meeting 03/02/11: Sarah Cox's presentation

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Sarah's talk on her role as Archives Graduate Trainne at RBG Kew

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Archive Trainees Group Meeting 03/02/11: Sarah Cox's presentation

  1. 1. Archive Graduate Trainee: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Sarah Cox
  2. 2. About the RBGK Archives <ul><li>Includes papers relating to the history of Kew, such as the historical correspondence of the directors; Other items relating to the history of botany and gardening. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world. Includes letters from Charles Darwin, & notebooks and photographs of Victorian plant hunters. </li></ul><ul><li>The Archives are open to the public and anyone who has a genuine need to use the collections. Users vary from students and academics, to family historians and actors researching parts! </li></ul><ul><li>The Archives contain ‘official’ records of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and ‘private’ papers, which are not related specifically to Kew. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Collections <ul><li>Directors' Correspondence - scientific correspondence received 1841 to 1928, and Sir William Hooker's correspondence from before 1841 which he brought with him to Kew. </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous Reports - bound volumes containing printed reports, correspondence and miscellaneous items, c. 1850 to 1928, relating to Kew's relations with botanic gardens and other organisations overseas. </li></ul><ul><li>Record Books, Inwards Books and Outwards Books - records of living material and seeds received at and despatched from Kew, dating from 1793 until the mid-twentieth century. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Graduate Trainee: Role & Responsibilities <ul><li>Archives: </li></ul><ul><li>Enquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Retrievals </li></ul><ul><li>Reprographics & Invoices </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloguing </li></ul><ul><li>Repackaging </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Blog! </li></ul><ul><li>Records Management: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating & Closing current files </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Enquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Filing </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Highlights!! <ul><li>Combination of Archives & Records Management </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of Duties </li></ul><ul><li>Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting people! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Thank You for Listening!

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