Archives management

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Archives management is the area of management concerned with the maintenance and use of archives. It is concerned with acquisition, care, arrangement, description and retrieval of records once they have been transferred from an organisation to the archival repository. Once records have been selected and transferred to archival custody, they become archives.[1][2]

Managing archives[edit]

The steps involved in managing archives include acquiring and receiving from the office of the origin, arranging and describing according to archival principles and practices, providing easy retrieval and access to archives.[3][4]

Archives and accessibility[edit]

An increasingly relevant aspect of archives management is ensuring the accessibility of archives and archive materials to all users regardless of physical ability. Most archivist and library associations now include resources on educating archivists on how to manage their archives to be more accessible.[5] Both archivists and special collections librarians are faced with the issue of making their resources more accessible to the public, as their items were created prior to the consideration of accessibility.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Management data" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  2. ^ "archives management | Society of American Archivists".
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archives and Records Management Resources". National Archives. August 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Quick Guide to Accessibility and Archives | Society of American Archivists".
  6. ^ "Making special collections" (PDF). 2015. Retrieved 2020-02-18.