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Arrangement and Description

General Resources

Nipissing University Archives and Special Collections: Guide to Archival Arrangement and Description

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

Rules for Archival Description (Revised Version 2008). You can choose to download the entire manual or just specific chapters.

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

Sample Descriptions

MemoryBC - British Columbia Archival Information Network 

Sample: SFU Archives multi-level inventory: Mark Winston fonds

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


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

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


  • Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Archival Fundamentals Series II) by Kathleen D. Roe. (Society of American Archivists, 2005)
  • Manual for the Arrangement and Description of Archives (Archival Classics Series) by S. Muller, J. A. Feith and R. Fruin. (Society of American Archivists, 2003, orig. 1940)
  • RAD Revealed: A Basic Primer on the Rules for Archival Description by Wendy M. McDuff and Marlene van Ballegooie. (Canadian Council of Archives, 2001)
  • The Archival Fonds: from Theory to Practice by 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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