- a collection of historical documents or records providing information about place, an institution, or group of people
- the place where historical documents or records are kept
- to place or store(something) in an archives
Material that contains firsthand accounts of events that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness
In what ways does a traditional archives differ from a library?
- Primary Sources-unpolished manuscripts and records
- Material is not loaned
- Unique and irreplaceable
- Access and use may be restricted
Organization of Special Collections and Archives
- Southern Labor Archives
- University Archives
- Popular Music and Culture Collection
- Georgia Government Documentation Project
- Women and Gender Collections
- Rare Book Collection
- Photographic Collections
- Social Change Collections
Manuscript Collections Format
- Traditional paper-based
- A/V (generally digitized on the fly)
- Digital Collections(NOT EVERYTHING)
- Preservation/ research value/ cool value
- Right issues prevents some digitization
- Cost/time to digitize
- Fill in the gaps
- Document the under-documented
- Provide personal perspectives
- Be careful: personal is subjective
What is it?
- Descriptive Material
Where did it come from?
- Who made it/who published it?
How can I find more things like it?
- Search terms/tagging
What can I do with it?
- Rights information
Metadata in Special Collections
- Finding aids
- Catalog records
- Digitized Material
Th most important thing about metadata?
- Consider using Dublin Core elements
- Consider creating/ using a thesaurus