Description Section

The SAA Description Section provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas about all aspects of archival description among those responsible for, involved in, or interested in description projects, descriptive standards, and descriptive systems.

Membership in the Description Section is open to any member of the Society of American Archivists with an interest in archival description, descriptive standards, or descriptive systems. 


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Recent News & Announcements

The newest edition of Descriptive Notes is now available! Highlights from this issue include: increasing access to collections with MARC records; the challenge of describing collections without context; and insight into writing the biographical/historical note. Enjoy!
Check out our newest issue of Descriptive Notes! Highlights include Harvard's Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library poster collection, UNC Charlotte's approach to tackling their descriptive backlog, and University of Nevada, Reno's collection from "Hello Hollywood, Hello!"
The Description Section is electing a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, a Secretary, and a Member-at-Large.
Take a look at the newest Descriptive Section Newsletter. The Winter 2018 issue of Descriptive Notes is now online.
The Description Section is electing a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, a steering commitee member-at-large, and a newsletter editor this year.
Summer 2016 Newsletter
The Description Section is electing a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, a Secretary, and one member at-large this year.
The Winter 2016 issue of Descriptive Notes, the newsletter of the Description Section, is now available.
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