Alumna Patty Rettig Publishes in American Archivist

Alumna Patty Rettig Publishes in American Archivist

Patty Rettig, MLS 1998, had an article published in American Archivist. The article is entitled "Collecting Water: An Analysis of a Multidisciplinary Special-Subject Archives" It is in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of American Archivist.  Patty earned her M.L.S. from the iSchool in 1998. While she was at Maryland she worked in both the University Archives and Literary Manuscripts units in the UMD Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. She joined the staff of the Colorado State University Libraries in March 2000 and began work in the Water Archive in July 2001. She is now the head archivist for that unit and has represented this collection at national and international conferences. The Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University documents Colorado's diverse water history.

To examine what the repository has collected in this multidisciplinary subject area, a collection analysis was conducted on its first one hundred collections. Categories created for geography and subjects provide an intellectual framework. The analysis reveals both collection strengths and gaps, which can help prioritize future acquisition activities. The collection analysis also reveals that documenting Colorado water history means the majority of collections reflect the main-stream historical arc, but other narratives matter and are included, if not yet adequately. Though white men working in areas of water management, engineering, and agriculture, mainly in the South Platte Basin, dominate the archive's collections, all basins of the state are documented, numerous subjects are represented, and women are present in a variety of roles. The benefits of a collection analysis include the establishment of an intellectual framework and a view toward different collecting directions.

 
You can read the article here.