Description Section Documentation Portal

Welcome to the Description Section Documentation Portal


This site hosts documentation related to archival description as a resource for archivists. Documentation includes traditional archival processing manuals, workflow checklists and templates, descriptive style guides, and guidelines for describing specific formats. The site also features resources related to inclusive description.

We accept documentation in all formats, including but not limited to PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, LibGuides, websites, blogs, and GitHub repositories. Please ensure that links are active and not restricted to users at your institution. The Description Section will review the portal annually to identify and remove broken links. The section’s Web Liaison can also be notified with changes to submitted documentation.

To submit documentation please email Scott Kirycki ( with a link or attachment of your documentation and the following information:

Institution (and Repository, if appropriate):

Summary of Documentation:

Thank you for sharing your resources with colleagues across the profession!

Available Documentation:

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