ARST 545


Previously ARST 593E (3) Advanced Arrangement and Description of Archival Documents


MAS and Dual Students: completion of MAS core plus 12 credits of which 6 credits must be ARST courses

MLIS students: ARST 510, ARST 515, ARST 516 or LIBR 516 and completion of the MLIS core courses, plus permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: The goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of classical and contemporary theories, methodologies, and models for arranging, describing and providing access to archival documents.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced, critical understanding of the classical literature concerning the arrangement and description of archives and contemporary interpretations of that literature. [1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 4.1]*
  • Demonstrate understanding of various contemporary perspectives and evolving ideas about the nature and purpose of archival arrangement and description. [1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 4.1]*
  • Demonstrate understanding of various models (provenance-based; subject-based) for the provision of access points to archival description. [1.1, 1.2, 1.3]*

* iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies


  • Classical and contemporary theories of archival arrangement
  • Fonds- and series-based approaches to archival arrangement
  • Arrangement and description in the context of personal archives
  • Contemporary and evolving perspectives on and models for archival description
  • Name authority control for persons and corporate bodies
  • Provenance- and pertinence-based approaches to archival subject indexing