ARST 596: SFU – Special Collections and Rare Books – Adeena Karasick

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form here, please cite the project number 2017-08. Please include a resume and cover letter.


Purpose of the project:
The project objective is to appraise, arrange and describe, and physically process the recently acquired fonds of Canadian poet, performance artist, and essayist Adeena Karasick ( The fonds consists of Karasick’s personal and poetic papers, drafts, correspondence, journals, posters, audiotapes and videotapes.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
The project will consist of appraising, arranging and describing, and physically rehousing the records. The student will use Special Collection’s AtoM database to enter their descriptions and produce a finding aid for the fonds according to RAD standards.
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
The end result of the project will be the long-term preservation and increased accessibility of the records in this fonds. The production of a finding aid in SFU AtoM will greatly add to the discoverability of the fonds. The student will gain experience in appraisal, arrangement and description, and preservation activities under the mentorship of an experienced archivist. They will also develop experience using AtoM software.
Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials
ARST 520 Selection and Acquisition of Archival Documents

ARST 587 Preservation

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