Something New for Something Old: Innovative Approaches to Managing Archives and Special Collections

December 4-5, 2008 at the Union League of Philadelphia



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Kelley Wolfe Bachli
University of California, Los Angeles

Biographical Statement

Kelley Wolfe Bachli is the Coordinator of the Center for Primary Research and Training in the Department of Special Collections at the University of California, Los Angeles, a position she has held since September 2007. As coordinator, she pairs graduate students with unprocessed collections in their area of study, and trains them in archival arrangement and description.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Bachli was the Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian in the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. She received her MLIS from UCLA in 2002. She is actively involved in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL, and a member of the Society of American Archivists.

member of Processing panel

Project Description

Center for Primary Research and Training

In 2004 the Department of Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA, launched the Center for Primary Research and Training with a generous gift from the Ahmanson Foundation. The Center provides a substantive educational experience for graduate students by training them in archival methods while simultaneously making accessible lesser-known collections through the creation of finding aids, or guides.

Recognizing that many faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and visual arts want to give their students experience with primary sources and that many graduate students are looking for original subjects for theses and dissertations, the center pairs students with unprocessed or under-processed collections in their areas of interest. Students have access to materials that others have not yet fully investigated, and their training in archival organization and description results in making those collections more accessible to other researchers. They are compensated at a rate competitive with similar on-campus employment options such as teaching and research assistantships.


Steele, Victoria. "Exposing hidden collections: The UCLA experience. " C&RL News, June 2008 Vol. 69, No. 6.

Center for Primary Research and Training website



Last updated November 5, 2008. Questions may be directed to Christine Di Bella,