The paper by Mark A. Greene and Dennis Meissner outlines a problem which is currently occurring in archives across the country as well as the world. They state the case that processing collections to the item level is creating enormous backloads which are unprocessed. So much time is spent on refoldering, removing staples, and documenting each item in a collection that there is no time to actually process the majority of an archives’ holdings. Greene and Meissner conducted a survey and compared responses from 100 respondents in order to compile a well-researched report on how much time, money, and resources goes into processing a single collection; the standards archivists accepts as commonplace; and the percentage of backlog each archive holds in waiting.
- Greene and Meissner,
- archival processing
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michele_gibney/32/