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Understanding Archives & Manuscripts

James M. O'Toole & Richard J. Cox | Society of American Archivists

This new edition of the Archival Fundamentals Series is intended to provide the basic foundation for modern archival practice and theory.

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Understanding Archives & Manuscripts

This thoroughly updated version of the 1990 edition is not only the best short introduction to archives for students, new archivists, and anyone interested in archiving, but also provides the experienced archivist an invaluable summary analysis of the field's burgeoning literature and increasingly complex issues."

Archival Studies Program, Department of History University of Manitoba, Canada

O'Toole and Cox have once again produced a thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to professional literature in the excellent Archival Fundamentals Series II. Spanning the archival world from the earliest literate societies to postmodernism, this book challenges us to think about who we are and what we do as archivists."

Senior Lecturer, Archives and Records Management
University College London

A cogent, compelling, comprehensive read for committed professionals and anyone
seeking to understand the work and appreciate the power and importance of documentary heritage management."

Archival Consultant and Educator Sydney, Australia

O'Toole and Cox's updated version of this classic archival work is a fascinating look
into the origins and core values of the archives profession. Those of us who 'grew up' with the 1990 edition will be engaged by the fresh ideas and examples illuminating the study of archives and its contemporary challenges. Today's students, educators, and practitioners undoubtedly will adopt this new edition as their own professional touchstone."

Archival Studies Program Coordinator School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SOCIETY OF American Archivists
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Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Archival Fundamentals Series II
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Recording, Keeping, and Using Information
    • The Oral World
    • The Rise and Spread of Literacy
    • Reasons for Recording Information
    • The Impulse to Save
    • The Impulse to Destroy
    • The Technology of Record Making
    • Characteristics of Recorded Information in the Modern Age
    • The Usefulness of Archives
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2 The History of Archives and the Archives Profession
    • Old World Antecedents
    • American Origins: The Two Traditions
    • Emergence of the Archival Profession
    • The Crucial Decade: The 1930s
    • Diversification and Development
    • Consolidation of Professional Identity
    • Current Issues
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3 The Archivist¿s Perspective: Knowledge and Values
    • Knowledge
    • Values
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4 The Archivist¿s Task: Responsibilities and Duties
    • Planning
    • Saving and Acquiring Archival Records
    • Organizing Archival Records
    • Making Archival Records Available
    • Conclusion
  • Chpater 5 Archivists and the Challenges of New Worlds
    • Postmodernism
    • Internet Time
    • Ethics and Security
    • Symbolism and Technology
    • Advocacy and the Archival Mission
    • Recordkeeping in the Digital Era
    • Professionalism
    • Conclusion
  • Bibliographical Note
  • Notes
  • Index

Book Information

  • Title: Understanding Archives & Manuscripts
  • Series: Archival Fundamentals Series II
  • Authors: James M O'Toole, Richard J Cox, Society of American Archivists Staff
  • Publisher: Society of American Archivists
  • Published: July 2006
  • Format: Softcover
  • Number of Pages: 237
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931666202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931666206
  • Dewey Decimal Number: 027-dc22
Library of Congress Catalog Listing
LC control no.: 2006017311
Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: O’Toole, James M., 1950-
Main title: Understanding archives & manuscripts / James M. O’Toole & Richard J. Cox.
Variant title: Understanding archives and manuscripts
Published/Created: Chicago, IL : Society of American Archivists, c2006.
Related names: Cox, Richard J.
Society of American Archivists.
Description: xvii, 237 p. : ill.; 23 cm.
ISBN: 1931666202 (alk. paper)
9781931666206 (alk. paper)
Contents: Recording, keeping, and using information -- The oral world -- The rise and spread of literacy -- Reasons for recording information -- The impulse to save -- The impulse to destroy -- The technology of record making -- Characteristics of recorded information in the modern age -- The usefulness of archives -- The history of archives and the archives profession -- Old world antecedents -- American origins: the two traditions -- Emergence of the archival profession -- The crucial decade: the 1930s -- Diversification and development -- Consolidation of professional identity -- Current issues -- The archivist’s perspective: knowledge and values -- Knowledge -- Values -- The archivist’s task: responsibilities and duties -- Planning -- Saving and acquiring archival records -- Organizing archival records -- Making archival records available -- Archivists and the challenges of new worlds -- Postmodernism -- Internet time -- Ethics and security -- Symbolism and technology -- Advocacy and the archival mission -- Recordkeeping in the digital era -- Professionalism.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-228) and index.
Subjects: Archives --Administration.
Archives --History.
Archives --Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Series: Archival fundamentals series. II
LC classification: CD950 .O57 2006
NAL class no.: CD950 .O57 2006
Dewey class no.: 027
Other class no.: 06.90
Other system no.: (OCoLC)70054151


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