Arrangement and Description For Archives: Fall 2014


Kenneth Heger


iSchool at Maryland


Fall 2014


This course provides an introduction to the arrangement and description of archival materials. Its objectives are:

  • To familiarize students with collections of archival documents and their interrelationships
  • To examine the principles underlying the arrangement of archival documents
  • To develop the intellectual framework for the systematic identification and critical evaluation of an archival fond and its parts
  • To understand the principles and methods for describing archival materials according to standards adopted by the archival community
  • To understand the importance of empirical research in identifying user needs and evaluating the extent to which archival description meets those needs
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of key concepts by producing an inventory for personal papers

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

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