ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION OF ARCHIVES
MLIS students: completion of the MLIS core courses, plus permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser
MAS and Dual students take this as part of the MAS core
GOAL: the goal of this course is to provide students with the fundamental theoretical and methodological knowledge needed for the arrangement and description of archival documents.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the characteristics of aggregations of archival documents and their interrelationships. [1.2, 2.1 5.1]*
- Demonstrate understanding of the principles underlying the arrangement of archival documents and their historical evolution. [1.2, 2.1, 5.1]*
- Undertake the systematic identification and critical evaluation of an archival aggregation and its parts. [1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1]*
- Demonstrate understanding of the principles and methods of archival description, and apply these according to standards adopted by the archival community. [1.1., 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1]*
- Demonstrate understanding of the principles and methods of establishing name access points to archival descriptions according to standards adopted by the archival community. [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1]*
* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.
- The nature of archival aggregations.
- The principles of provenance, respect des fonds and respect for original order.
- The concept of fonds, series, file, and item.
- The analysis of the internal and external structure of a fonds.
- Types of finding aids.
- Principles and assumptions underlying the development of archival descriptive standards.
- The structure, content and application of the Association of the Bureau of Canadian Archivists’ Rules for Archival Description, Parts I and II