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Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (AFS III, Vol. 2)

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  • Written by Dennis Meissner


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  • Archival Fundamentals Series III, Volume 2

    “This volume provides invaluable guidance on current and emerging theory, best practices, and standards. It is a "must have" and "must do" for archivists who want to expose the richness of their collections and provide superior access for their users.”

    –KATHLEEN D. ROE, former Director of Archives and Records Management, New York State Archives


    Arrangement and description lie at the very heart of the archival endeavor. While all archival functions are crucial and interdependent, arrangement and description transform the potential value of materials into practical, usable value for researchers and others. In Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts, Dennis Meissner provides a solid foundation in the history, theory, and standards supporting arrangement and description. In addition, he clearly demonstrates the approaches, methods, and mechanics required to process archival collections.

    The processing landscape has changed considerably in the last decade: archivists focus more on the economics of processing, descriptive standards have matured and increased in number, new technologies and viewpoints have challenged long-standing assumptions, and evolving systems and software have changed the mechanics of metadata capture and serialization and our approaches to those fundamental processes. This is a must-read book for every archivist practicing today.

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    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2019)
    Paperback: 224 pages
    Product Dimension: 7x10 inches
    Weight: 0.871 pounds
    ISBN: 978-1-945246-07-4



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