Central Piedmont’s Erin Allsop Contributing to N.C. Community College Archives Association

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The N.C. Community College Archives Association (NCCCAA) was formed in 2016 to ensure the preservation of college records, documents, images, publications, letters, films and recordings within the N.C. Community College System after it was discovered that much of this historic information no longer existed, or was quickly disappearing, from a number of institutions across the state.

One of the association’s first charges was to determine its members’ needs. After evaluating the results of a fall 2018 survey, it was determined that the community college system’s greatest need was archival training.

Enter Central Piedmont Community College Archivist Erin Allsop.

Erin is part of a planning grant to develop a statewide training consortium for all community colleges and smaller institutions. The first training session was held in November 2018 at South Piedmont Community College in Polkton; and last month, a training session was held at UNC-Greensboro.

During the sessions, members review the host college’s collections, tour their archives and learn about their processes. The time together gives members the opportunity to network and exchange information regarding digital content creation, improving processes and more.

“The preservation of the thoughts, ideas, intentions, motives, perspectives, decisions, and voices of our pioneers is vital,” says Allsop. “The material from our past can provide us with the advice and wisdom we need to lead us into the future.”

As the North Carolina Community College Archives Association moves forward, it will strive to help all 58 N.C. community colleges learn how to best document the stories of their establishment, growth, and development since their inception by establishing their own college archives collections. The association will be available to support those efforts, and is ready, willing, and able to help.

Learn more about the NCCCAA. For information on Central Piedmont’s archives, email erin.allsop@cpcc.edu.