I am looking for input on ways to handle additions to manuscript
collections in EAD finding aids. We are doing a major recon project
involving both manuscript collections and archival records from four state
institutions. This being a grant funded project, time is an important
Many manuscript collections, especially those of living authors and
community activists, and organizational records contain one or more
additions (subsequent accessions) that are added to the end of the existing
finding aid. Currently, we are using nested <dsc>s, the first encompasing
the entire contents list, and within that one <dsc> for the original
accession and a successive <dsc> for each addition.
My questions are: 1. How are others treating additions to collections?, 2.
Recon projects aside, are nested <dsc>s acceptable for new finding aids?
Online Archive of New Mexico
University of New Mexico General Library