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Archival Arrangement and Description
Christopher J. Prom
Society of American Archivists, 2013
Library of Congress Z695.2A73 2013 | Dewey Decimal 025.3414
Trends in Archives Practice by the Society of American Archivists is a new, open-ended series of modules featuring brief, authoritative treatments — written and edited by top-level professionals — that fill significant gaps in archival literature. The goal of this modular approach is to build agile, user-centered resources. Each module will treat a discrete topic relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age.
The first three modules address archival arrangement and description and are designed to complement Kathleen D. Roe's book, ARRANGING AND DESCRIBING ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS. They include:
STANDARDS FOR ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION
Sibyl Schaefer and Janet M. Bunde
Untangles the history of standards development and provides an overview of descriptive standards that an archives might wish to use.
PROCESSING DIGITAL RECORDS AND MANUSCRIPTS
J. Gordon Daines III
Builds on familiar terminology and models to show how any repository can take practical steps to process born-digital materials and to make them accessible to users.
DESIGNING DESCRIPTIVE AND ACCESS SYSTEMS
Daniel A. Santamaria
Implementation advice regarding the wide range of tools and software that support specific needs in arranging, describing, and providing access to analog and digital archival materials.
Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts
Kathleen D. Roe
Society of American Archivists, 2005
Library of Congress CD950.R64 2005 | Dewey Decimal 027
Kathleen Roe's guide to arranging and describing archival materials provides both practical advice and critical context, creating an important resource for archivists in all walks of their professional lives.
The arrangement and description of archival materials has so changed since Fredric M. Miller's 1990 edition of ARRANGING AND DESCRIBING ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS that it may nearly seem a new practice. Kathleen Roe's thorough and readable revision, however, shows that this critical function of archival work is truly one based on core principles that still hold today.
Roe has intermingled the theory and context in which collections are arranged and described with clear and practical instructions on the process, resulting in a work that is richer than an instruction manual, yet equally valuable. The chapter on "The Context of Arrangement and Description" provides a clear discussion of the origins of the practice in Europe and the United States, and moves into an historical overview of developing standards that archivists of all levels will appreciate for its clarity. The lengthy chapter on "The Practice of Arrangement and Description" is complemented by appendices that offer sample scenarios, arrangement patterns, and finding aids. Together, these provide a sturdy foundation for students or novice archivists seeking to hone their processing skills. Just as the importance of arrangement and description to the archivist cannot be overstated, neither can the significance of this text in describing that process. Roe's work will introduce new archivists to the practice as well as refresh the sensibilities of seasoned professionals for years to come.