Posted by: stackedfivehigh | June 6, 2010

Box list and finding aid

On Friday I finished reorganizing and numbering the files in my manuscript collection.  I also learned that the proper name for that is a manuscript collection, and had a great conversation with Jen about terminology in archiving, and where the inconsistencies tend to be.

So – reorganized files into four series (administrative, congregation, correspondence and financial, in case you were wondering), alphabetized and numbered them.  I had done all the steps up to this point before, but now I’m going on to working on the finding aid.  The Society of American Archivists defines a finding aid as “n. ~ 1. A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. – 2. A description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials.” and that’s a pretty good explanation.  I’ll post more on the details of the finding aid later.  For now, suffice it to say that it’s an excellent summary and guide to what can be found in a collection.

I spent awhile looking through some examples of finding aids to get a sense of what I’ll need to compile for my collection, and then started doing research.

Next week is volunteer appreciation day.  We’ll be going to The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture to see the exhibit “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges”, then I’ll be back to the museum to work on PastPerfect.

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