Course:3: Processing
Lesson:Lesson 2: Arrangement
Topic:Lesson 2 Introduction
  Lesson 2: Arrangement


Arrangement is the process of organizing records to reveal their content and significance. It involves figuring out how a person or organization filed the records when they used them and then restoring that order if it has been disturbed.

You should be aware of and use two fundamental principles when arranging records

  • Provenance
  • Original order

You will also need to understand how archivists implement arrangement using “Collections” and “Series.”  We talked about this briefly when we discussed accessioning.

In this lesson, we'll discuss these concepts, provide a checklist, and lay out the steps to follow in arranging your records.

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This lesson takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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 Arrangement. Organizing records to reveal their content and significance.