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How Does the Archives Fulfill Its Mission to Preserve and Make Available Its Rich Resources? A Behind the Scenes Look

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For American Archives Month, Barbara Aikens, head of collections processing, takes a deep dive into the finding aid. As American Archives Month draws to a close, it seems appropriate to give our readers a look at what’s new behind the scenes—technical work and initiatives aimed at improving collections’ stewardship, access, and digitization—all significant components of the Archives’ responsibility and mission to preserve and make available its rich resources. Accelerated Processing Strategies Senior archivist Stephanie Ashley processing one of the Archives’ large and complex collections. In Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016), my team “processed” 104 archival collections measuring...
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