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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

A product of the CUSTARD project (Canadian-U.S. Task Force on Archival
Description), and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities,
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) is designed to facilitate
consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival
materials and creators of archival materials. It can be applied to all
types of material at all levels of description. Although the rules can
be used for any type of descriptive output, examples of the application
of the rules are provided for two widely used structure standards, MARC
21 and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). DACS will replace Archives,
Personal Papers, and Manuscripts (APPM) as a content standard for
catalog records. The volume consists of three parts: "Describing
Archival Materials," "Describing Creators," and "Forms of Names."
Separate sections discuss levels of description and the importance of
access points to the retrieval of descriptions. Appendices include a
glossary, list of companion standards, and crosswalks to APPM, ISAD(G),

Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2004)
291 pp., Soft cover

Nonmember price: $49.00
SAA Member price: $35.00

Product Code: 436

Pamela D. Burdett
Assistant Librarian for Public Services
Stetson University
College of Law Library
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-----Original Message-----
From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Kris Kiesling
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 8:25 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Status of APPM


APPM has been superseded by Describing Archives:  A Content Standard
(published by SAA, 2004
DACS is designed to be used for the creation of finding aids and
bibliographic records, in conjunction with EAD and MARC 21, for
everything from collection to item level descriptions.  It also can be
used with EAC for the creation of archival authority records.  DACS is
not yet available online, but at some point in the future will be
incorporated into Cataloger's Desktop.

Kris Kiesling
Associate Director for Technical and Digital Services
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

-----Original Message-----
From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Peter Verhaar
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:58 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Status of APPM

I have a question about the Archives, Personal Papers, & Manuscripts
(APPM) standard. The company that I work for, IDC Publishers (in the
Netherlands) has used this standard in past for the bibliographic
description of archival collections, next to EAD of course as a data
format. My question is about the current status of APPM. I noticed that
the current version of Cataloger's Desktop of the Library of Congress
does no longer include a description of the APPM standard. I have also
been unable to locate a on-line version of APPM elsewhere. Does anybody
know if this standard is still actively maintained? And do many
institutions still use APPM for the actual description of archives, also
on item level? Kind regards,

Peter Verhaar

Bibliographic Department
IDC Publishers
Leiden, The Netherlands