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Archival Accessioning

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  • Edited by Audra Eagle Yun

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  • An archival accessioning program is the keystone of responsible collection stewardship and essential to providing both equitable access and meaningful contextualization of archives. In Archival Accessioning, editor Audra Eagle Yun approaches the acquisition of materials as a holistically oriented, programmatic activity that establishes and maintains baseline control for archival holdings.

    Combining principles, best practice, and real-world examples from eleven archives practitioners, Archival Accessioning is a forward-thinking guide that archivists can apply in a variety of institutional settings. Those working with archives, special collections, and local history materials will learn how to

    • Identify core components of archival accessioning and critically analyze this work,
    • Establish a thoughtful and successful program for taking intellectual and physical custody of materials, and
    • Adapt firsthand professional perspectives to improve or modify existing practices.

    This book’s set of principles, applied procedures, and variety of examples will benefit archivists, records managers, librarians and information science students at all levels.

    Get ready to take control of all of your archival holdings!

    Product Details

    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2021)
    Paperback: 170 pages
    Product Dimension: 8.5x11 inches
    Weight: 1.0 pounds
    ISBN: 978-1-945246-56-2

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Archival Accessioning
  • "Yun has assembled an incredibly ambitious volume, which provides a simultaneously high-level and detailed overview of different aspects of accessioning, depending on the chapter."
    —Alexandra deGraffenreid, RBM

    "As an academic archivist who is currently trying to keep up with timely accessions as numerous collections come to the archives at once, this book provided time-saving resources on streamlining the process. Reading this volume breathes fresh air into the ever-present task of accessioning and certainly makes this reviewer feel reinvigorated in keeping up with this essential responsibility as an archivist."
    —Julia Stringfellow, Journal of Western Archives

    "Curious individuals and professional archivists will appreciate the book as it dives into real-life matters like backlogs and principles of archives management. Moreover, readers will find that after digesting the book’s content, the information will be useful for training employees or explaining to colleagues, administrators, and donors precisely what archivists do."
    —Bree'ya Nadia Brown, Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

    "The theory and practice of archival accessioning remains largely overlooked in professional literature. Archival Accessioning seeks to address this gap through a robust introduction to the history and principles of accessioning and a collection of thoughtful case studies."
    —Haley E. Aaron, Archival Issues