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A look at “accessioning” in New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

By María Silvia Ramírez, New Roots Bilingual Archivist

At New Roots we are constantly looking for ways to improve access to a growing collection of oral history interviews related to Latin American migration that provide first-hand accounts of the demographic changes that have occurred over the last 20 years. I had the opportunity to examine one of the core functions of archival practice and collection development: accessioning.

NewRootsDiagramAccessioning is an essential first step that allows the archivist to gain intellectual control over the materials by knowing what is to be included in the collection and which restrictions apply for access. Our research team conducted semi-structured and contextual interviews in order to examine the current system for adding oral history interviews to the archive and provide recommendations that can help streamline the process. Read the full report here.