Tree thumbnailIn this leaflet, Nancy Sahli defines the meaning of manuscript and the criteria for making a paper document an historic artifact, particularly in a local history context.

Sahli explains the sources and institutions that provide manuscripts -individuals, government records, local businesses, records of organizations, and institutional records -and where local history records can be kept and stored.

She also provides a discussion on the value of local historical records in terms of the rise of social history in the 1960s with a discussion for how researchers can use these types of records in their interpretation of history.

As Sahli emphasizes, professionals are responsible for the preservation of these documents and should publicize their value.

This Technical Leaflet will help professionals make manuscripts accessible to the public.

Technical Leaflet #115 (1979)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 16, Collections Management III