Tree thumbnailNumerous artifact-holding historical organizations have archival materials in their collection.

Museum professionals know how to care for artifacts but archival materials may present a mystery.

In this Technical Leaflet, Paul Eisloeffel and Lisa Gavin provide guidance for historical societies owning archival collections.

They begin by explaining what can be considered archival and the unique way these should be organized compared to objects.

Tips for accessioning an archival collection show museum professionals how to incorporate historical documents into their current cataloging system and the difference in numbering these pieces of the collection.

A sample catalog worksheet provides a useful model for cataloging archival materials.

Technical Leaflet #179 (1992)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 1, Archive Basics.