Title

Learning from Las Vegas: Adapting Workflows for Managing Born-Digital Design Records

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2-2021

Publication Title

American Archivist

Volume

84

Issue

2

First page number:

355

Last page number:

373

Abstract

Architecture collections have been a mainstay for Special Collections and Archives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV SCA), since the late 1970s. Until 2017, most architecture collections in Special Collections and Archives have consisted of physical records. In recent years, curators began acquiring architecture collections with significant born-digital content, which present unique challenges different from other types of born-digital materials. This case study discusses how staff adapted existing workflows for born-digital materials to process and describe two collections comprised of born-digital architecture and design records. The authors also describe how UNLV SCA provides access to proprietary design files through the creation of access surrogates. Lessons learned from adapting workflows and processing these collections are detailed, as well as future steps for continuing the development of workflows and policies for managing born-digital architecture and design records.

Keywords

Architectural records; Born digital; CAD; Computer-Aided design; Design records; Digital archives

Disciplines

Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science

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