SPEC Kit 307: Manuscript Collections on the Web (October 2008)
This SPEC Kit investigates how many manuscript collections are held in ARL member libraries; what percentage of these collections are represented on the Web; what types of information about the collections are available in finding aids and on the Web; what formats are used for finding aids on the Web; how many library staff are working on manuscript collections, the challenges and benefits of migrating collection information to the Web, and whether and how usage of manuscript collection information is tracked.
The survey was distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in February 2008. Seventy-two libraries completed the survey by the March 31 deadline for a response rate of 59%. The survey responses indicated that the respondents are all managing to get at least some information about their manuscript collections onto the Web. Most of the comments indicated that they want to get more there, but are unable to do so for a variety of reasons, primarily staff and time constraints. Almost all respondents are creating MARC records for their collections; fewer are creating EAD finding aids. A select few have all their manuscript collections represented on the Web in some way, either as a MARC record, a brief blurb in HTML, or an EAD finding aid.
This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of manuscript collection Web sites, finding aid Web sites, arrangement and description guidelines, and Web processing procedures.
Table of Contents
SPEC Kit 307: Manuscript Collections on the Web (October 2008)
- Manuscript Collections on the Web frontmatter 3 free
- Survey Results 9
- Representative Documents 111
- Manuscript Collection Web Sites 113
- University of Alabama: Manuscript Collections 114
- Arizona State University: Manuscript Collections 115
- University of British Columbia: Manuscript Collections 116
- University of California, Santa Barbara: Alphabetical List of Collections 117
- University of Georgia: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Collections 118
- Indiana University Bloomington: The Collections: Manuscripts 120
- Johns Hopkins University: Historical Manuscripts Collection 121
- Library of Congress: Manuscript Reading Room 122
- McMaster University: Archives and Manuscripts 123
- University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMarmot :: The Catablog of SCUA 124
- National Library of Medicine: Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program 125
- North Carolina State university: Special Collections Research Center. Manuscripts Unit 126
- University of Notre Dame: Manuscript Collections 128
- University of Notre Dame: Manuscripts of the American Civil War 129
- University of Oregon: Manuscripts Collections 130
- University of Southern California: Search Collections 131
- University of Texas at Austin: Manuscripts 132
- University of Virginia: Individual Collections 133
- Washington State University: Manuscripts 134
- University of Waterloo: Archives and Manuscripts 136
- Finding Aid Web Sites 137
- University of Alabama: What is a Finding Aid? 138
- University of British Columbia: sample list of fonds 140
- University of California, Los Angeles: Finding Aid Search 141
- University of California, San Diego: Finding Aids for Manuscripts & UCSD Archives 142
- Georgia Institute of Technology: Finding Aids 143
- Indiana University Bloomington: Indiana University Finding Aids 144
- University of Iowa: Finding Aids 145
- Johns Hopkins University: Historical Manuscripts 146
- Library of Congress: Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online 147
- McMaster University: Fonds/Collections Descriptions & Finding Aids 148
- University of Manitoba: Archives & Special Collections’ Holdings 149
- University of Michigan: Finding Aids 150
- National Library of Medicine: Alphabetical List of Finding Aids 152
- Northwestern University: Finding Aids 153
- University of Pennsylvania: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, U. of Penn: Finding Aids 155
- Pennsylvania State University: Finding Aids 156
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Morris Library Special Collections 157
- Washington University in St. Louis: WU Libraries Manuscript Collections 159
- Washington University in St. Louis: WU Libraries Manuscript Finding-Aids listed by main entry 160
- Washington University in St. Louis: WU Libraries Manuscript Finding-Aids listed by genre... 161
- York University: Fonds Register 162
- Web Sites of Collaborative Online Resources 163
- ARCHEION: Ontario’s Archival Information Network 164
- ArchiveGrid: Open the Door to History 165
- Archives Canada: Your Gateway to Canada’s Past 166
- Arizona Archives Online: About this Project 167
- Catholic Research Resources Alliance: Welcome to the Catholic Research Resources Alliance 168
- Digital Library of Georgia: Welcome to the Digital Library of Georgia 169
- OAIster: What is OAIster? 170
- OhioLINK: OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository 171
- Online Archive of California: About the OAC 172
- OurOntario.ca: Explore your story via OurOntario.ca! 173
- Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online: About RIAMCO 174
- Rocky Mountain Online Archive: Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Online Archive 175
- Rocky Mountain Online Archive: Browse by Institutions, Browse by Subjects 176
- Texas Archival Resources Online: About TARO 177
- Virginia Heritage: Guides to Manuscript & Archival Collections in Virginia 178
- Arrangement and Description Guidelines 179
- Processing for the Web 187
- Selected Resources 195
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