[Archivesspace_member_match] Processing Guide examples

Jessica Crouch Jessica.Crouch at lyrasis.org
Thu Nov 4 16:14:01 EDT 2021

Hi everyone,

Thanks for keeping the conversation going, Regina! And thanks to everyone who joined us this afternoon.

I am compiling a list of all of the examples provided at the bottom of the notes from today’s discussion at https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ADC/pages/2986999825/November+4+2021+Discussion+-+ArchivesSpace+User+Documentation.


From: <archivesspace_member_match-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of Regina Carra <rcarra at folkartmuseum.org>
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Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM
To: "archivesspace_member_match at lyralists.lyrasis.org" <archivesspace_member_match at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Archivesspace_member_match] Processing Guide examples

Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone who came to the Member Match event today about user documentation. I thought I would continue the conversation by sharing the Processing Guide/User Doc I use at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM). Hopefully the following link works *fingers crossed*:


As I mentioned during the event, our guide is a Processing Guide/ArchivesSpace Guide/How-to manual/Educational Resource. Interns and volunteers are its primary audience. I consult it occasionally, and certainly relied on it when I began at the Museum about two years ago. I would describe AFAM as a very generic ArchivesSpace user -- we don't do a lot of fancy stuff with the application outside of cataloging and importing/exporting data. I am a lone-arranger, so it's just me and my interns/volunteers that use the staff interface of ArchivesSpace.

I am currently in the process of evaluating this guide with the help of a graduate student intern. The guide hasn't been updated since AFAM began its Archives program in earnest circa 2014-2015. As you can imagine, a lot has changed since then. My sense is that this guide was created initially to fill the need of having some general guidelines in place at a time when the Archives program was brand new. It has served us very well, but now that the AFAM Archives is more set in its ways, it's a good time to rethink whether this guide is helpful and accurate based on our current work. And I can say it has been so helpful to have a student look at the guide and give me her perspective as someone who is not immersed in the AFAM Archives like I am. If you are the person tasked with writing the guide, I highly recommend having different users read it and try to follow along. You might be surprised by what they find useful or confusing.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. And feel free to respond with your own User Doc examples!

Regina Carra (she/her/hers)
Rapaport Archivist
American Folk Art Museum

Administrative Office, Archives, and Collection Center
47-29 32nd Place
Long Island City, NY 11101
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