An Archive of One’s Own
Arrangement / Assessment / Cataloging / Processing

An Archive of One’s Own

Guest post written by Raquel Begleiter, Research Associate for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML)
Libraries, books, papyrus fragments—these are a few of my favorite things. The value of each has always been obvious to me as a researcher. Until recently, though, I did not realize that archives and well-executed archival practices can also serve as invaluable tools for research. Continue reading

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Size and Scale
Arrangement / Byzantine Institute / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks / Inventory / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Size and Scale

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Measuring tools are essential to archaeological surveys, excavations, and other kinds of fieldwork. Measurements not only lend themselves to the documentation process, but offer a sense of scale to those who did not see the object or site in person. Amongst the images of scaffolding, trenches, and crumbling … Continue reading

Thoughts on Traditional Processing and MPLP…
Arrangement / Assessment / Preservation / Processing / Research

Thoughts on Traditional Processing and MPLP…

Written by Rona Razon, ICFA Archives Specialist For a long time, I have been meaning to write a post about my thoughts on the proper way to perform archival processing (i.e. research, assessment, arrangement, description, and rehousing) and the value of “More Product, Less Process” (MPLP). As most archivists know, MPLP is a different approach … Continue reading