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Arranging & Describing Collections

Once a collection has been placed at a repository, how does one organize the collection? What principles of arrangement do professional archivists follow? How might those principles change, depending on the collection—i.e. are literary manuscripts handled exactly like correspondence?


  • Kathleen Roe, Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005).
  • David W. Carmicheal, Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives, 2nd ed. (Alta Mira Press, 2003).