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Presentation
The Overhaul Project at Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections Center: Gaining Control Over an Unruly Archives
Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (2013)
  • Tracy M. Jackson, Seton Hall University
Abstract

This poster presents the process and results so far of the Overhaul Project, which aims to gain physical and intellectual control over all accessioned archival holdings in the traditionally understaffed Archives at Seton Hall. The Project is intended to address scattered accession records, partially processed collections with mixed unprocessed and processed portions, incomplete location information, and the lack of discoverability. The steps of the project are to 1) Centralize accession records in the Archivists’ Toolkit 2) For each collection, physically collocate materials, assess condition, and perform triage re-housing 3) Assign processing and digitization priority 4) Create basic finding aids and MARC records 5) Shelve materials according to format and space restrictions and track locations on newly re-organized shelving. For lone arrangers particularly, this project will demonstrate efforts to wrangle messy archives when there is more than just a backlog problem.

Keywords
  • archival processing,
  • hidden collections,
  • inventory
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Tracy M. Jackson. "The Overhaul Project at Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections Center: Gaining Control Over an Unruly Archives" Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tracy_jackson/2/