Archival Processing: Description


DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) description rules are followed in the creation of finding aids. Refer to Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (2013) for additional information on describing archives.

Folder Titles

Creating good folder titles is important in archival processing – this is often how researchers decide if a collection contains information that makes research worth their time and, sometimes, travel.

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You may not deal with EAD mark-up, but if you do, or if you're interested, here are some helpful links:

Note that the newest version, EAD3, is not currently in use at OHSU. Please use the EAD 2002 libraries.


Descriptive Notes

Finding aids typically contain notes that contextualize the collection, detailing its importance and uniqueness. Notes are also used by researchers to determine a collection’s usefulness to their research.

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