ARCHIVAL SERVICES

Your collection is unique and its story powerful.
It deserves to be seen.

Many collections are waiting for their day in the spotlight. Archival service has many branches – from initial surveying, to document preparation, to description, and ongoing maintenance, the amount of work required to get the process so much as started can feel gargantuan. Backstage offers a solution that pairs our time-honored tradition of collaboration alongside our partner institutions with agile and efficient archiving workflows.

 

Full-Processing Solutions

Collection Processing

We have the solution for archives with seemingly unbearable backlogs, untouched collections of materials, collections that need updated metadata, and anything in between. Any collection can go from being a pile of papers, folders, and boxes to an organized collection that gives both the holder and users unmatched intellectual access.

Our Archival Services team specializes in flexibility and while you determine what level of processing is best – be that a very detailed item level processing plan, a mid-range folder level approach, or a macro-focused box level arrangement – you’ll have the opportunity to pick from a number of sub-services. 

  • Weeding
  • Document preparation (such as document unfolding/flattening and item flagging)
  • Arrangement
  • Rehousing (optionally including printed box/folder labeling and plastic paperclip fastening)
  • Paper divider inserts
  • Metadata (such as a basic inventory list and/or customized metadata capture)
  • Photographing for thumbnails 
Need something we haven’t mentioned? Reach out to us via our Contact Us form to start the discussion. We can also come to you if your collection can’t be shipped for processing. 

ORIGINAL CREATION OR ENHANCEMENT

Finding Aid Services

Have your finding aids become outdated? Has your collection grown since its initial processing to include new unprocessed materials? Or does your collection need a new, original finding aid made from scratch?

At a minimum we adhere to DACS standards and are able to encode finding aids in EAD. There is plenty of customization available beyond our usually recommended inclusions of title, collections information, languages, dates, extent, revision statements, and subjects. 

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