Processing the T. G. Hawkes & Co. Records|
Posting Number 3491 Date: 01/06/21 Return to Posting List
Archival collections are like families. The documents that comprise archival collections are related to one another sometimes closely, sometimes distantly, and sometimes in confusing ways. Archivists routinely draw boundaries around archival collections according to provenance, or the original source of the records. Just as a family tree communicates useful context about people, an archival collection guide conveys information about documents based on provenance. Silhouette for a Claret, 1912. Box 69, Folder 2. T. G. Hawkes & Co. Records, 1880-1977. MS-0063.
When archivists process records to prepare them for researcher use, we first ensure the records are assembled according to provenance. If the records creator directly transfers the records to the archives, this is very straightforward. But if the creator disperses the records, and materials arrive in dribs and drabs, the work takes on the complexity of a convoluted genealogy.
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