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When implementing EAD for finding aids for manuscript/archive collections,
does the structure of the finding aid more often reflect the intellectual
organization of a collection or does it reflect the physical organization?
It seems to me from my initial (thus far brief) study of EAD that the
structure of the finding aid needs to match the structure of the physical
collection, otherwise elements like CONTAINER aren't really very useful,
right?  On the other hand, if one makes the FA structure match the physical
collection, a library's FAs are likely to be inconsistent since different
collections are organized different ways.  Is this a problem?  Thoughts on
this that might help guide a novice?

Thanks

Michele Rothenberger
Syracuse University


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