Colophons and Annotations: New Directions for the Finding Aid

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The authors argue that finding aids present only singular perspectives of the collections they describe and fail to represent the impact of archivists' work on records and subsequentreinterpretations of collections by archivists and researchers. The authors place these criticisms within the burgeoning postmodern discourse in archival studies and make two concrete suggestions for finding aids that would allow practicing archivists to acknowledge the inherent subjectivity of archival work and to incorporate multiple perspectives into the description of records.


Archives – Catalogs; Cataloging of archival materials; Information organization; Libraries – Special collections


Archival Science | Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science


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