|Course:||2: Acquiring Your Collections|
|Lesson:||Lesson 6: Documenting Your Accessions|
|Topic:||Lesson Six Introduction|
Lesson 6: Documenting Your Accessions
You've probably noticed by now that an historical records program generates lots of forms and paperwork! You will have collection policies, correspondence, legal documentation of records transfers, and accession forms.
All this paperwork provides the documentation you need to establish ownership and manage your collections effectively. Documenting your collections--where they came from, what they are, where they are, and how they can be used--is vital to managing historical records collections.
Archival programs vary in how they keep records of their collections. In this course, we are suggesting a simple, streamlined approach to recordkeeping, with a minimal need for cross-referencing. It should work for most small and medium sized historical records programs.