Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives, 3rd edition

Jun 2020 | 320pp

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9781783300464
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Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives, 3rd edition

Gregory S Hunter

Since its original publication, no text has served as a better overview of the field of archives than Hunter’s manual. Newly revised and updated to thoroughly address our increasingly digital world, it remains the most comprehensive guide to the discipline.

Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives covers such key topics as:

  • a history of archives, including the roles of historical societies and local history collections in libraries
  • new sections on community archives, diversity, and inclusion
  • conducting a survey and starting an archival program
  • selection, appraisal, acquisition, accessioning and deaccessioning
  • important points of copyright, privacy and ethics
  • arrangement of archival collections, with a discussion of new theories
  • description, including DACS, EAD and tools such as ArchivesSpace
  • access, reference, and outreach, with a look at how recent innovations in finding aids can help researchers
  • preservation, including guidance on how to handle rare books, maps, architectural records and artefacts
  • digital records
  • disaster planning, security, and theft prevention
  • metrics, assessment, establishing employee procedures and policies, working with interns and volunteers and other managerial duties
  • public relations and marketing, from social media and the Web to advocacy and
  • professional guidelines and codes such as the newly developed SAA Statement of Core Values of Archivists.

Providing in-depth coverage of both theory and practice, this manual is essential for archivists at all levels of experience and of all backgrounds.

Contents
 
LIST OF FIGURES 
PREFACE 
 
1 Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts
Basic Definitions
The Archival Mission
Differences between Libraries and Archives
A Brief History of Archives
A Brief History of Manuscript Collecting
Archives and Archivists Today
Conclusion
Notes
 
2 Surveys: Identifying Records on All Media
Institutional Context
Records Surveys: An Introduction
Types of Surveys
Survey Goals
Planning a Survey
Implementing a Survey
Surveying Individual Departments
Audiovisual Records
Digital Records
Conclusion
Notes
 
3 Starting an Institutional or Community Archives
Starting an Institutional Archives Program
Community Archives
Conclusion
Notes
 
4 Selection and Appraisal
The Values of Records
Archival Value: Classic Appraisal Theory
Beyond Schellenberg: Refinements of American
Appraisal Theory
International Perspectives on Appraisal
Appraising Audiovisual Records
Appraising Digital Records
Conclusion
Notes
 
5 Acquisitions and Accessioning
Acquisitions
Accessions and Accessioning
Audiovisual and Digital Records
Conclusion
Notes
 
6 Arrangement
Basic Principles
Five Levels of Arrangement
More Product, Less Process (MPLP)
Arranging a Collection
Conclusion
Notes
 
7 Description
Basic Archival Descriptive Practices
Descriptive Standards and Online Access
More Descriptive Product, Less Process
Describing Audiovisual Records
Describing Digital Records
Conclusion: Description as Shaping
Notes
 
8 Preservation
The Preservation Problem
Preservation Surveys
The Storage Environment
Holdings Maintenance Practices and Treatment of Materials
Preserving Audiovisual Records
Preserving Digital Records
Conclusion
Notes
 
9 Security and Disaster Planning
Security
Disaster Planning and Recovery
Conclusion
Notes
 
10 Access, Reference, Outreach, and Advocacy
Access
Reference
Outreach
Advocacy
Conclusion
Notes
 
11 Leadership and Management
Management Basics
Management and Leadership
Organizational Culture
Planning
Leading People
Managing Finances
Managing Facilities
Managing Technology
Fundraising and Development
Public Relations and Marketing
Conclusion
Notes
 
12 The Archival Profession
The Development of the Archival Profession
The Nature of Profession
The Professional Community
Archival Education
Certification
Diversity and Inclusion
Professional Ethics
Conclusion
Notes
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
 

Dr Gregory S. Hunter is a Professor in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, USA where he directs the Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management. A Certified Archivist and a Certified Records Manager, he previously served as Manager of Corporate Records for ITT Corporation and Director of Archival Programs for the United Negro College Fund. Dr Hunter is co-inventor on four patents in the area of digital preservation, and he spent six years as Editor of The American Archivist, the premier peer-reviewed journal in the field. In the last three years, Dr Hunter has received $2.2 million in external funding to digitize materials in local historical societies.