Using Archives to Do Research

Class description: In this class, you will learn about information located in Repositories and Archives and how to access this information. You will also learn how to organize your own family history in order to potentially donate them to a repository. Finally you will be treated to actual examples of locally held archival information.

Instructor biographies:

  • Jon Schmitz, A.C.A. has been employed as an Archivist for 26 years. Since June 2002, he has been the Archivist and Historian for the Chautauqua Institution. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. His education includes an Honours BA in History and Philosophy with Minor in Classics from Trent University, an MA in History (Specialist in International Relations) from the University of Toronto, and a PhD Comprehensives in Diplomatic History with Minors in Modern American History and the Philosophy and Methodology of History (specializing in Kant, Hegel and Marx) at the University of Toronto. He also has a certificate in Archival Practice from George Brown College, Toronto

    Schmitz had been Director of the Records Management and Archives Department for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a private consultant for corporate archives and records in both the United States and Canada, primarily non-profit organizations, the sole instructor for the certificate course in Records Management Archival Practice, George Brown College Business Faculty in Toronto, a member of on the New York State Archives Regional Advisory Committee, and, for three years, a Grants Assessor for the New York State Archives. He was also an External Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Library Committee (Ottawa) for three years, two-term President of the Health Archivists of Ontario, and Educational Advisor for the Toronto Area Archivists for three years.

    He has been public speaker on a variety of subjects, both on history and archival practice, author of several ‘well-forgotten’ articles and the co-author of The Chautauqua Institution: A Postcard History (2011). He has participated in several documentaries, including PBS Chautauqua: An American narrative, CBS Building a Global Neighborhood: The Abrahamic Community, as well as being interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR radio, Voice of America, and on several occasions on local radio and television programs.

  • Emily Carpenter has been the Education Department Coordinator at the Chautauqua Institution Department of Education since 2015. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Archivist at the Chautauqua Institution Oliver Archives from 2013 to 2018. She has an Associate’s in Arts from Jamestown Community College, Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Fredonia with a major in history, and a Masters of History from American Military University with a major in American history. Her honors and awards include the American Association of University Women Award, Excellence in Student Teaching Award, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, and the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, among others.

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