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n. ~ 1. The arrangement, description, and housing of archival materials for storage and use by patrons. - 2. The steps taken to make the latent image on exposed photographic or microfilm materials visible; see archival processing1. - 3. Computing · The machine execution of instructions in a computer program.


Some archives include accessioning as part of processing.

(Ford) A collective term used in archival administration that refers to the activity required to gain intellectual control of records, papers, or collections, including accessioning, arrangement, culling, boxing, labeling, description, preservation and conservation.

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology