Department of Archival Studies
Archival Studies in the form of various special courses have been introduced to undergraduates for a longer period already. The Chair of Archival Studies was founded in 1993 and in 1997 Aadu Must was appointed full professor. Archival Studies comprise a speciality to teach undergraduates collecting, use and preservation of archival documents and material. In addition, in the teaching of archival studies, much attention is paid to source study. Archival Studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Archival Studies comprise both the oldest preserved archival documents such as parchments as well as modern digital data carriers. To collect archival material, it is essential to know its worth to properly evaluate it so that access to it will be granted. Archival studies straighten out and describe archival material so that it can be preserved for as long as possible in good order. For this purpose, science of preservation is taught. Archival Studies as a speciality maintain close partnership with Estonian archives, in particular with the Historical Archives in Tartu.