The AABC Archivist's Toolkit: Arrangement and Description

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Rules for Archival Description (Revised Version 2008)

What are Arrangement and Description?


'With Respect to Original Order': Changing Values in Archival Arrangement

Chapter 4: Organizing Archival Material

Jenkinson and Schellenberg:  A Comparison

Putting the Parts of the Whole Together:  Systematic Arrangement of Archives

The Concept of the Archival Fonds in the Post-Custodial Era: Theory, Problems and Solutions

Archivalterity:  Rethinking Original Order



Rules for Archival Description (Revised Version 2008)

2008 Revisions to RAD - Announcement by the Canadian Committee on Archival Description

Basic RAD: An Introduction to the Preparation of Fonds- and Series-level Descriptions



General International Standard Archival Description (International Council on Archives, 2000, 2nd ed)

International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families

International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings



Chapter 5: Describing Archival Material

Thinking Outside the Box:  Reimagining Archival Description with the "Series" System

Managing the Present:  Metadata as Archival Description

Metadata Strategies and Archival Description: Comparing Apples to Oranges

Origin and Development of the Concept of Archival Description

Grounding Archival Description in the Functional Requirements for Evidence

Describing Records in Context in the Continuum:  The Australian Recordkeeping Metadata Schema



MemoryBC - British Columbia Archival Information Network 

SFU Sample multi-level inventory: Mark Winston fonds

SFU Sample series-level description: Office of the Registrar fonds



MemoryBC Subject Groups (Topics), Final Draft : 30 Subject Group headings, based on ASA subject terms and the BC Thesaurus, used for the MemoryBC indexing project  

ASA Topic Terms for Fonds Level Database

AABC Municipal & Local Terms: A Supplement to The British Columbia Thesaurus

AABC The British Columbia Thesaurus: a subject indexing tool for B.C. Archives


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Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Archival Fundamentals Series II) / Kathleen D. Roe (Society of American Archivists, 2005)

Manual for the Arrangement and Description of Archives (Archival Classics Series) / S. Muller, J. A. Feith and R. Fruin (Society of American Archivists, 2003, orig. 1940)

The ANLA Resource Binder for Small Archives, Chapter 3: Arrangement (Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, 2002)

The ANLA Resource Binder for Small Archives, Chapter 7: Untangling RAD (Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, 2002)

RAD Revealed: A Basic Primer on the Rules for Archival Description / Wendy M. McDuff and Marlene van Ballegooie (Canadian Council of Archives, 2001)

The Archival Fonds: from Theory to Practice / Terry Eastwood (ed) (Bureau of Canadian Archivists, 1992)

Subject Indexing for Archives: The Report of the Subject Indexing Working Group. (Bureau of Canadian Archivists, 1992)

Authority Control: A Manual for Archivists (Bureau of Canadian Archivists, 1991) 

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