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Archival Research for Senior Exhibit Fellowship: Archival theory and practice

This libguide will introduce basic concepts on archival theory, practice, and research methods.

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This page will link to various texts on archival theory and practice. Understanding how archivists arrange, describe, and make collections accessible will help you, the researcher, better navigate across repositories. While each archival repository may do things slightly differently, the theory that grounds archival practice remains the same. Concepts such as provenance, order, description, gaps, and neutrality and biases are included in the list below.