ERIC Number: ED241040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for the Preparation of General Guides to National Archives: A RAMP Study.
Based on a comparative study of guides from the Bahamas, Barbados, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Rhodesia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany, and Zambia, this handbook provides guidelines for the organization and content of a general guide to archives, particularly national archives. It is noted that the handbook is especially intended for use in developing countries. Sections outline the requisite parts of a guide to national archives, covering: (1) a suggested model plan and the arrangement and layout of the table of contents; (2) introductory chapters, which should provide information about rules governing the use of the archives, a list of general finding aids, and information on the history and legal status of the archives; (3) descriptions of the history and contents of archival holdings and collections, and the means of access to them; (4) information on the archives library; and (5) indexes, appendices, illustrations, and maps. Each of these sections describes practices followed in the guides studied and then describes the standard system proposed. Appendices present examples of descriptive entries from different countries, mainly on the subject of agricultural archives (in various languages); a list of rules for archival guide layout (in French); and a 39-item bibliography (in French). (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.