This website is part of a multi-phase, grant-funded effort to establish a Roving Archivist Program (RAP) in the state of Wyoming. The project is funded through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Wyoming State Historic Records Board (SHRAB). Once it is operational, the Wyoming State Archives will pilot the program.
The first phase of the project will conduct a needs assessment in the form of a survey to be sent to cultural heritage institutions in Wyoming. To better understand and serve these institutions, the survey will gather information related to their holdings, operations, policies and procedures, and condition of materials. Based on the survey results, the project archivist will craft recommendations and best practices to assist in establishing the statewide RAP.
Collected institutional data will also be used to create a statewide directory of archival repositories and establish communication networks between repositories utilizing existing state and regional organizations. Finally, this phase will begin establishing a workshop series to educate cultural heritage institutions on best practices for managing archival collections. The second phase of the project will utilize the results of the survey to establish the RAP. It will also continue the networking and educational work begun in the first phase.