Archives resources from New Zealand

One aim of this blog is to draw attention to relevant advice and guidance from outside the UK.  This time, it’s from the Archives Research Centre of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand at http://www.archives.presbyterian.org.nz/

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The Centre has a pro-active archives collecting policy (http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/archives/collectionpolicy.pdf) and its website offers a number of useful resources, including a guide to records management for the parish and church organisations at http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/archives/recordsmanagement1.pdf

and a guide to archives management at http://www.archives.presbyterian.org.nz/whatarewetokeep.pdf

The introductory lines of the archives management guide summarize what archives can offer the church, and are worth quoting:

“Our parish archives are valuable and delicate documents:

they are strands of memory

they are collective memory

they help us converse with our Presbyterian past

they convey visions

they tell of hope

they tell us about the progression of faith in the community

they act as reminders where we have erred

they are important in charting a future of Christian witness

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