54 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
Please describe other.
“Never really fully processed. Currently considered such if multi-level description and box listed inventory.”
Additional Comments
“All of the above, depending on the collection.”
“All three may be used to determine when a collection is considered fully processed, based on the level of
processing we decide to use for any given collection. This is usually determined when we create a processing
plan, but sometimes at accessioning. Some collections or parts of collections merit folder-level arrangement and
description. Typically, processing levels are determined by considering the size and complexity of the collection, its
existing condition (in terms of organization and preservation), its potential for use and research, and the available
“At minimum, it includes collections with an inventory and collection level information.”
“Collection-level description with a box and folder inventory.”
“Depends on the collection. It would definitely have a multi-level finding aid, with series (if needed) and with a
box or folder list.”
“’Fully processed’ is at the discretion of the curator and varies according to size, content and expected research
“Item level in some cases.”
“Item-level description.”
“Level of processing/description depends on requirements of collection and resources available.”
“MARC collection level record in Library Catalog.”
“MARC collection-level cataloging record (finding aid not necessary—i.e., single items, small homogeneous
“Not all collections, of course, are ‘multi-level,’ and particularly not all manuscript collections, where ‘hierarchy’
is generally an imposition. As manuscripts curators have done for many years, we consider some collections fully
processed at the series level, others not until folder level.”
“Of course, level of processing needed depends on the collection. Some of our small collections are considered
fully processed at the collection level.”
“Single-item collections are cataloged, and the catalog record is the equivalent of a finding aid. The figure of
2000 (below) reflects single-item records.”
“This depends on the collection, anticipated needs of researchers, and when the collection was processed (older
finding aids tend to have more detailed descriptions).”
“This (multi-level finding aid that includes folder-level description )is the usual case.”
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