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Cataloguing

Checklist

  • Assess a collection for easy ways to arrange it into sections, using the principles of provenance and original order
  • If the collection has no obvious original order, arrange it by dividing the records into sections that reflect its original functions
  • Use these sections as the starting point for the collection level and series level catalogue entries
  • When you have time, you can catalogue the collect on further down to its file or item levels, to create more specific catalogue entries
  • Label, box and store your newly-catalogued collections and make the catalogue available via your cataloguing software
  • Add any research subjects you come across to your archive index, noting down which collection they came from. Later, go through your catalogue records and add in index terms.

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