Below are some resources that may be helpful in starting an archival project at your temple.
JANM Archival Seminar
Jaime Henricks, BCA Archivist at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), gave a seminar on how to get started in performing an archival project at your temple. Recorded at the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on July 24, 2017.
Here is a handout that was distributed at the seminar: Handout
Insuring the Future of Our Past, by Boyd Cathey (2003)
Principles and Practice: An Introduction to Archives for Non-Archivists, UK National Archives (2016)
Collection Development Tools and Guidance, UK National Archives (2011)
Wanted: for the BCA Collection
The Buddhist Churches of America has its archive collection housed at the UCLA Library Special Collections. Here is a flyer with a request for archival materials that you can send to your temple members:
Transfer of BCA Archives to UCLA
Story behind the transfer of the BCA Archives to UCLA in 2018. Recorded during a visit by the BCA Archive committee to UCLA during February 2019.
Updates from BCA Archives and Historic Preservation Committee
- Network with other temples and individuals in districts throughout BCA.
- Encourage individual temples to establish/expand their own archival collections.
- Assist temples in contacting UCLA if they are unable to maintain their artifacts and are considering donating to the BCA Collection at UCLA.
- Revise committee charter to reflect relationship with UCLA.
- Collaborate with UCLA to develop usage of materials within BCA Collection.
We sincerely appreciate your assistance in sharing this information and directing interested persons to contact us.In gassho,Sandy Saeki, co-chairperson with Eiko MasuyamaE: email@example.comC: 310-612-6219H: 310-641-7307
- We would like to expand the Archives and Historic Preservation committee to include BCA members from all districts. If you know of individuals interested in joining our committee, please send us their contact information. Appointment to the committee is at discretion of BCA President. Limited face-to-face committee meetings will be supplemented by teleconferences and communications via email to reduce travel expenses and time.
- Please visit our website for links to archival reference materials: https://vhbt.org/archival-resources/
- The video shown at National Council Meeting will be posted at the above website as soon as UCLA completes an improved closed caption version. We will also post periodic updates regarding the status of the collection at UCLA and other pertinent information regarding archiving at your temples or donating artifacts to UCLA.
- UCLA has requested that we temporarily hold off on submitting new donations until they have completed processing of the materials already transferred. In the interim, if you have materials that you are considering donating to UCLA, please make a list of items and send/email to us.
- Contact us by email for inquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternately, we can be contacted by USPS (mail): Los Angeles Betsuin c/o Eiko Masuyama 815 E. First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone (213) 680-9130
Sandy Saeki and Eiko Masuyama,
Co-Chairs BCA Archives & Historic Preservation Committee
(This information was from the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple website. Ref. November 2019 – Click Here for link: www.VHBT.org