External Administration and Management Standards


  • These guidelines identify important issues that collection administrators should address in developing adequate security measures and a strategy for responding to thefts. While directed primarily toward special collections in the U.S., many topics are also applicable to general collections and to special collections in other countries.

Best Practices

Standards: What's New!

Announcement of the Working Group on a Schema for Functions 

Best Practices for Volunteers in Archives (PDF; August 2014)

Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Graduate Archival Education (PDF; February 2014)

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) (March 2015)

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