What is a collection file, anyway? This work-in-progress summarizes the results of a sample survey of archivists to better understand the purpose, function, and contents of collection files, how archivists learn to create collection files, and their potential for public access and use. From these results, we can extrapolate a preliminary definition of the collection file, as well as the potential for future study and critical analysis of the practical elements of collection file work, especially in relation to archival accessioning, deaccessioning, and repatriation.
Audra Eagle Yun is the Head of Special Collections & Archives at the University of California, Irvine. She has been a member of the Society of American Archivists since 2008 and was elected to serve on the SAA Council from 2017 to 2020. Audra’s work focuses on community-centered archives partnerships, archival collection management, and feminist leadership. Audra is a co-author of the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries (2012; 2020) as well as a contributor to the 2019 revised Statement of Principles for Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS.) She is the author-editor of Archival Accessioning, published by SAA press in 2021.
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Eagle Yun, Audra
"Defining and Interrogating the Collection File in Archival Collection Management,"
Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 14:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol14/iss1/8