Two faculty members, one an archivist and the other a rhetoric and composition scholar/professor collaborated in processing the papers of a rhetoric and composition scholar. This project allowed the archivist to gain a better understanding of archival researchers' needs, while allowing the researcher to better understand the thought process and activities inherent in archival processing-- the activities of organizing, describing, and preserving primary source materials in the archives. Through this article the authors seek to demystify and increase transparency of archival processing, while enhancing researchers' abilities to interpret the archival collections with which they work.


archives, archivists, rhetoric, composition, processing, finding aids, research, researchers, scholarship, archival science

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Working in the Archives, edited by Alexis E. Ramsey, et al. Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

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