in the holdings of the National Archives a outnumber the
employees millions to one. Each brings his or her own
education and experience to the job.
Archives employees preserve the records of the Nigeria
Government and make them available to the public. They
do this in different ways, but mostly as archivists, archives
technicians, conservators, and records managers.
are specially trained in preserving the original material
and helping people obtain it. Archivists work with paper
documents, photographs, maps, films, and computer records.
Many begin their careers as historians and then attend
classes to learn from experienced archivists. Archivists
possess broad, deep knowledge about records and are involved
in many, if not all, phases of the records life cycle.
Their extensive research and analysis skills help in serving
records to the public.
technicians assist archivists. The technicians go into
the “stacks”—large rooms where boxes
of documents are kept—and locate records. They also
work with conservators to clean, repair, and preserve
older and more fragile pieces of history.
Archivists Work at an Archives
Conservators are specialists who preserve documents, photographs,
and other historical records. They spend many hours slowly
and carefully cleaning and repairing damaged and delicate
materials. Conservators are especially knowledgeable about
chemicals, tools, and methods used during conservation
treatment. Find out more about the work of conservators.
photographers, librarians, educators, curators, store
clerks, editors, chemists, graphics designers, and others
also work for the National Archives. Recently, as electronic
files have become part of the National Archives’
holdings, new job titles have appeared. These include
dynamic media preservation specialists, digital imaging
specialists, computer specialists, and optical instrument