Archival Guidelines, Policies, and Best Practices
Learn through sharing: If you have a guideline, policy, or best practice that you can share on this site, please contact your ARR co-chair
Architectural Records: Managing Design And Construction Records
by Waverly Lowell and Tawny Ryan Nelb addresses the many issues that arise when working with architectural records, including preservation, appraisal, arrangement, and description. The manual was published by the Society of American Archivists in 2006.
Mission Statements and Collection Policies
Publication of mission statements and collection policies allow institutions to become familiar with the collections and policies of other repositories.
- Collection development and collecting practices can educate archival staff at other institutions about potential archives to refer donors to should a gift fall outside their collection development policy.
- Handling policies provide the architectural archive community with a variety of practices for handling specific types of materials.
- Copy work guidelines can help those in the field determine typical conditions imposed by the repository.
- Access and use policies allow institutions to compare guidelines and practices for serving users of architectural records collections.
By including your policies and practices, your institution can contribute to this valuable resource through which the architectural records community can share knowledge. Contact your ARR co-chair to submit your policy or practice.