ERIC Number: ED367372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Slow Fires in the Stacks: Theses and Dissertations, A Preservation Survey.
Weber, Anita M.
This paper examines attitudes toward and practices concerning preparation and storage of archival copies of dissertations at the 15 Ohio doctoral granting institutions. The purpose of this study is two-fold: to determine the extent to which archivists and graduate school deans are aware of the preservation standards regarding theses and dissertations as well as the attitudes of archivists concerning responsibility for the care and storage of these documents; and to ascertain the actual physical condition of theses and dissertations. To accomplish this, two surveys were sent to these institutions: one to graduate colleges presumed responsible for drafting standards for production of dissertations to ascertain those standards; the other to archivists to determine the level of care dissertations receive while in their custody, knowledge of national standards, and attitudes concerning responsibility for storage. To determine whether concern over deterioration of dissertations is warranted, a condition survey of Kent State University's dissertations was conducted. Included in the appendices are: a list of archivists and graduate school deans surveyed; the archivists survey; the deans survey; and the book condition survey. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kent State University OH; Library Materials Conservation
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.