ARST 510



MLIS students: completion of the MLIS core courses, plus permission of the SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS and Dual students take this as part of the MAS core

GOAL: To give you an understanding of the nature of archival documents.


  • To provide an understanding of the characteristics of archival material and mastery of the fundamental archival terminology.
  • To develop the intellectual framework for the systematic identification and critical evaluation of archival material.
  • To enable you to analyze documents on the basis of their form, formation, and consequences.
  • To develop an appreciation of the nature, function, use, and value of documentary evidence of actions and transactions.


  • The concepts of data, information, document, and archival document.
  • The concepts of authenticity and genuineness; the status, methods, and forms of transmission of archival documents.
  • The juridical system, the concepts of fact and act, and the function of archival documents in relation to them.
  • The persons concurring in the formation of archival documents and the effects they have on their nature.
  • The formation of archival documents and the characteristics they derive from it.
  • The extrinsic and intrinsic elements of archival documents.