Re: Best Practice for Organizing Donations of Photocopied Originals

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In an above post Kathryn Otto mentioned manuscript collections. I would like to hear more about how people manage unpublished manuscripts in their museums and archives. Our system has not been very comprehensive in the past, with some manuscripts (generally typescripts or print-outs or photocopies) being placed in reference files, some being housed with the bibliographic collection, and others being accessioned into the archival collection. I am leary of putting them in the reference files, as we keep no records of materials placed there, but I don’t want to treat manuscripts (multiple copies of which are usually retained by family members)as discrete item fonds either. How do people manage manuscript collections? Thanks!