Austin History Center | August - December 2017

Austin Volunteer Fire Department Records

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As a practicum for an archives class at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information (Archival Enterprise I) I processed a collection of records belonging to the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, for the years 1868-1916. The records consisted of ledgers and other record volumes, administrative papers, photographs, and ephemera and artifacts belonging to firemen.

The practicum involved working with a partner to:

  • Create an Appraisal Report and Processing Plan
  • Create a finding aid
  • Encode the finding aid with EAD (a type of XML)
  • Rearrange and rebox the records for ease of research and preservation.