Towards a better description of genre archives : a case study of travel archives

Researchers attempting to access genre archives are often stymied by insufficient metadata. They frequently overlook collections because a processing archivist may not have described those collections in a way which would have benefitted their research. Historic travel writing, often the end-produ...

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Main Author: Arnold, Lee, 1959-
Contributors: van der Walt, Thomas, Prof.
Format: Kit
Language:English
Published: [s.l.] : Routledge, 2019.
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245 1 0 |a Towards a better description of genre archives :  |b a case study of travel archives  |c by Lee Arnold and Thomas van der Walt 
260 |a [s.l.] :  |b Routledge,  |c 2019. 
300 |a 24 pages :  |b charts ;  |c 28 cm 
500 |a Caption title. 
520 |a Researchers attempting to access genre archives are often stymied by insufficient metadata. They frequently overlook collections because a processing archivist may not have described those collections in a way which would have benefitted their research. Historic travel writing, often the end-product of a travel archive, generally focused on pilgrimages, exploration, adventure and leisure (Arnold 2000). Yet finding these types, and perhaps other types of, archives is a difficult task due to either too narrow/too broad or insufficient metadata. It is most likely the intent of the creator of the collection which foreshadows its archival description. Archivists can play a more active role in helping these collections expand their audiences by making them more accessible. This study explores, using travel-related archives as a case study, how archivists can better use metadata in describing genre collections. The researchers set out three objectives: to assess the current state of metadata relating to travel archives; to ascertain how researchers use travel collections and to suggest how travel archives can be better described. To this end they answered three crucial questions: How are travel-related archives currently described (as exploration, expedition, travel accounts, cartographic, etc.) and what is the quality (based on standard criteria) of the finding aids to these collections?; How are these collections used by researchers?; and How can travel-related archives be better described? The researchers provide six recommendations as remedies for the problem of inadequate access to travel-related archives. 
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610 2 0 |a American Philosophical Society. 
610 2 0 |a University of Pennsylvania.  |b Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 
610 2 0 |a Presbyterian Historical Society. 
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650 0 |a Subject cataloging. 
650 0 |a Travel  |v Archives. 
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655 7 |a Case studies.  |2 fast  |0 (OCoLC)fst01423765 
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700 1 |a van der Walt, Thomas,  |c Prof. 
773 0 |7 nnas  |t Cataloging and classification quarterly  |g (2019) 
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