Directories to archival holdings. An attempt to analyse informative usefulness Cover Image

Informatory o zasobie archiwalnym. Próba analizy przydatności informacyjnej
Directories to archival holdings. An attempt to analyse informative usefulness

Author(s): Robert Degen, Dorota Degen
Subject(s): Other
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: directory to archival holdings in Poland; typography of archival finding aids

Summary/Abstract: In 2000, the General Director of State Archives in Poland issued recommendations how to publish directories to archival holdings. The purpose of these recommendations was to set in Polish archival information system this finding aid (operating between guide to archival holdings and list of funds), to standardize its construction and to increase the importance of this aid in the searching of archival materials. This aim was achieved partially. On the basis of recommendations it is possible to define the term directory to archival holdings, but the standardization of its construction is impossible. Recommendations are susceptible of various interpretations and too general. Moreover, particular state archives have tried to change the construction of directories, but now not all modifications are useful from the archives users’ point of view. Editors of directories to archival holdings seldom used typographical tools which could have enhanced the informative usefulness of these finding aids.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2 (13)
  • Page Range: 77-96
  • Page Count: 20