Archives make available documentary materials and historical evidence with long-term value to researchers and the public, serving as memory institutions for our culture and supporting scholarly and personal research.

Designed to prepare students for careers in digital and physical archives, as well as the related fields of special collections, digital libraries, and records management, this course of study focuses on archival theory, practice, research, and technology skill development. Considered part of the broader field of Cultural Informatics, archives and digital archives have wide application in today's information landscape.

This 12-credit Advanced Certificate in Archives can be taken as part of a student's M.L.S. degree or as a post-master's certificate for those holding an M.L.S. from an ALA accredited program.  For matriculated Pratt SILS students, there is no application for the archives certificate; those who complete the course requirements below will automatically receive the certificate. For those already holding an M.L.S. and wish to complete the advanced certificate in archives, please visit the Pratt Graduate Admissions website to apply for the Post-M.L.S. Archives Certificate, and complete the online application. The advanced certificate program will appear as an option, separate from the M.L.S. program, under degree programs within the application.


Program Requirements

Four 3-credit courses:


Two Required Courses:

LIS 625  Management of Archives & Special Collections
LIS 698  Practicum Internship in Archives and Archives Project.

Two Elective courses from:

LIS 632  Conservation and Preservation
LIS 634 Conservation Lab at Brooklyn College
LIS 635  Archives Appraisal
LIS 650  Principles of Records Management
LIS 655  Digital Preservation and Curation
LIS 663  Metadata: Description and Access
LIS 662  Advanced Cataloging and Classification
LIS 664  Programming for Cultural Heritage
LIS 665  Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 668 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving
LIS 669  Management of Electronic Records
LIS 670  Cultural Heritage: Description and Access
LIS 686  Performing Arts Librarianship at NYPL Performing Arts, Lincoln Center
LIS 689  Rare Books and Special Collections
LIS 694  Film and Media Collections
LIS 695  Photography Collections at International Center for Photography
LIS 697  Cultural Heritage Conservation (Florence Summer Program with the SACI School)

Total = 12 credits (four 3-credit courses)

Recommended related elective courses

LIS 613  Government Information Sources
LIS 619  International Information Sources
LIS 647  Visual Resources Management
LIS 657  Digital Humanities
LIS 674  Research Local Histories

Pratt SILS Archives Certificate Program is a registered program with NY State Department of Higher Education.


Further Information

To read more about archives projects completed by Pratt SILS students and alumni, please visit the following resources:

Archival Outlook: Sounds from the Past: Archives Students Give Voice to World War II Ambulance Drivers
New York Times: Leaving Cloister of Dusty Offices, Young Archivists Meet Like Minds
Library of Congress, The Signal: Students Saving Sounds: An Interview With Anthony Cocciolo
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: Situating Student Learning in Rich Contexts: A Constructionist Approach to Digital Archives Education
Student Work from Projects in Digital Archives (LIS 665)



Dr. Anthony Cocciolo
Coordinator, Archives