Book Review: Describing Archives - A Content Standard

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Greta Reisel Browning, Reference Archivist/Librarian Curator, Rhinehart Collection on British History (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: A new, but not entirely unfamiliar, standard has entered the archival scene. One could say that it is both “new” and “improved” without advertising falsely. No matter what your knowledge of archival description standards here-to-fore, you have probably followed a standard that has been incorporated into Describing Archives: A Content Standard, also known as DACS. . . Describing Archives is the most recent addition to a lineage of national and international standards for archival description . . . Overall, Describing Archives is an excellent and much-needed addition to the continuum of description standards for archival materials. It is inevitable that as archival practices develop and evolve, so will this content standard.

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Browning, G. (2005). Book Review: Describing Archives - A Content Standard. Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists, v. 3, no. 2 (Winter 2005): 31-34. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2005
Society of American Archivists, national and international standards for archival description, DACS, APPM, AACR2

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