Planning for Retrospective Conversion of Legacy Finding Aids in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: A Case Study
This study describes a survey of the legacy finding aids in the Southern Historical Collection in the Manuscripts Department at Wilson Library, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The survey was conducted to assess the content, scope and quality of the legacy finding aids in preparation for retrospective conversion of those finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format. Most archival repositories are confronted with the problem of converting archival description prepared before the advent of computers and modern archival description into EAD. Because retrospective conversion is a resource and labor intensive task, the surveying of the finding aids to be converted is a critical step that should precede the actual encoding. This paper is a case study of one repository’s retrospective conversion needs and the survey that resulted as part of the planning process as an example of how an archive can go about classifying their legacy finding aid in order to incorporate retrospective conversion into their departmental workflow.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:archives retrospective conversion encoded archival description document type definition special collections case studies historical north carolina university of at chapel hill library southern collection
Date of Publication:11/19/2007