Historical Society Program to Feature Bedford Town Archivist on Feb. 25

February 20, 2024
Town Archivist Ashley Large

What the Town’s archivist does isn’t a mystery. Or is it?  

Attend the Sunday, Feb. 25 program of the Bedford Historical Society to meet Bedford Town Archivist Ashley Large and hear her talk about “Being the Town’s Archivist.”

The program, which is open to the public, will begin with a short social period at 2 p.m. in the Third Floor “Great Room” at Old Town Hall, where refreshments will be available. At around 2:15 p.m., Society President Sharon McDonald will make a few short announcements and then introduce Archivist Large.  

Large will describe the numerous facets of her position as Town Archivist. These include managing extensive archival record groups, implementing digital preservation protocols, researching reference requests, chairing the Town’s Archives and Records Management Advisory Committee, and coordinating records management efforts of all Town offices.

The Town’s collections are comprised of departmental files, plans, maps, and records for births, marriages, and deaths. The age of many records is the date when Bedford became a town: 1729.  

Large has said, “As an archivist, my favorite task is to connect people with information. This is true whether I am arranging and describing collections, conducting research into a patron’s complex question, or working to preserve digital records for the future.”

Large, who has served as Bedford’s Archivist and Records Manager since September 2018, received a Bachelor’s degree in Medieval History and a Master’s degree in Library Science, both from Indiana University.

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