The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection announces the publication of its Finding Aid Style Guide for ICA-AtoM, the department’s collection management system ( Developed by ICFA staff to document local practices for internal reference and training, the Guide addresses all aspects of description: from collection-level details such as creation and acquisition information to providing file-specific storage locations.  In addition, there are sections on developing an intellectual arrangement and devising titles for each record group in a collection.

In advance of the department’s conversion of their legacy finding aids, ICFA staff also produced a workflow to help guide staff to the system. The Workflow provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop new collections in ICA-AtoM based on existing Word finding aids, and is intended to be used in conjunction with the Guide, a more comprehensive reference resource for description.

Readers can find links to the Guide on the ICFA website under “About ICFA & Services” and the AtoM@DO Helppage. The Workflow is available upon request.

ICFA would like to thank both the University of Maryland and the Benson Ford Research Center for providing useful models for our Guide.

Anne-Marie H. Viola
Metadata & Cataloguing Specialist,
Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20007