On Collaboration: Government Documents and Political Collections in Libraries and Museums

Sandy Staebell, Sue Lynn McDaniel

Abstract


Government documents librarians, special collections librarians and museum curators should collaborate. When they do, researchers and students benefit. While government documents tend to report the beginning and the end of the political process, political ephemera, artifacts and manuscripts provide a deeper understanding of what happens in between. Knowledge of readily available political collections equips information specialists to better serve users. Our survey reveals several U.S. academic institutions that provide online access to significant political collections. A close examination of the Rather-Westerman Political Collection at Western Kentucky University demonstrates how some university-held political collections are created, utilized and further developed.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/dttp.v48i1.7336

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