Collection Development & Management

Collection management is an act of respect – to record creators and those named in or impacted by archival records. In managing collections directly and assisting colleagues, I seek to respect the intellectual contributions of the archivists who precede me and create efficient, socially-conscious methods for preserving and maintaining archival collections.

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Processing Workflows at Special Collections

During my time as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, I worked with the Collections Manager (Lisa Duncan) to improve processing workflows. In particular, I developed – with guidance from peers and colleagues – a workflow for transforming collection inventories into EAD-compliant finding aids and importing finished finding aids into ArchivesSpace. Using XSLT transformations, we also devised a means of converting legacy finding aids – compliant with Arizona Archives Online standards, but not ArchivesSpace – and importing them into the new collection management software. In Spring 2017, I contributed to a Special Collections workshop on ArchivesSpace and provided training on the new workflows.

The Source Print Collection at the National Anthropological Archives

While an intern at the National Anthropological Archives in Washington, D.C., I worked with a fellow intern to produce a container-level inventory of the archives’ Source Print Collection. Photographs were received along with correspondence by the archives’ predecessor organizations throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. A few decades ago, the photos were separated out of the correspondence. Unfortunately, a comprehensive listing of the new “Source Print” boxes was not created at the time. With my fellow intern, I created such a list so that researchers hoping to find images from a particular culture group or anthropologist can more easily request and track the boxes they need.

An inventory of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project

In the summer of 2017, I created – along with Harrison Apple – a complete inventory of the holdings of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project. Over the five years prior, the PQHP had acquired materials from donors but rarely had the opportunity to create a clear, complete list of these accessions. Surveying both digital and physical materials, I created a document which provides us with accession information, physical and digital statistics, and processing priorities. This inventory will allow the PQHP to more easily process and manage its collections over the coming years.

Visit the Charles Tierney collection – one of our more recently processed collections – online.