The Westchester County Archives Volunteers in Archives (VIA) program is a way for individuals interested in history to participate in preserving Westchester County’s exciting documentary and photographic records. Through their work at the Archives, VIA members help the Archives fulfill its dual mission of providing efficient access to the historical records in its care to today’s users, as well as ensuring the preservation of those materials for future generations.
Projects may include assisting patrons in the Archives Reading Room, preparing original documentary and photographic collections for use by researchers, and assisting in the creation of collection indexes, data entry, and document transcription.
Through a selective application process, individuals are accepted for the VIA program based on how their individual interests and skills fit with the current needs and priorities of the Archives. Training is provided for those selected into the program. A commitment of at least two to four hours a week, to be performed during normal business hours Monday through Friday, is requested of all volunteers.
VIA members also have many opportunities to socialize and make friends while they help the Archives fulfill its mission to identify, preserve and make available the historical records of the Westchester County government. Volunteers come from all walks of life and age groups, from high school students to retirees.
Internships for undergraduate and graduate students can also be arranged.