Archival Accessioning

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An archival accessioning program is the keystone of responsible collection stewardship and essential to providing both equitable access and meaningful contextualization of archives. In Archival Accessioning, editor Audra Eagle Yun approaches the acquisition of materials as a holistically oriented, programmatic activity that establishes and maintains baseline control for archival holdings. Combining principles, best practice, and real-world examples from eleven archives practitioners, Archival Accessioning is a forward-thinking guide that archivists can apply in a variety of institutional settings. Those working with archives, special collections, and local history materials will learn how to

  • identify core components of archival accessioning and critically analyze this work;
  • establish a thoughtful and successful program for taking intellectual and physical custody of materials; and
  • adapt firsthand professional perspectives to improve or modify existing practices.

This book’s set of principles, applied procedures, and variety of examples will benefit archivists, records managers, librarians and information science students at all levels. Get ready to take control of all of your archival holdings!

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.



1 | Principles and History of Archival Accessioning
2 | Establishing an Accessioning Program 
3 | Use of and Access to Accessions 
4 | Retrospective Accessioning, Reappraisal, and Deaccessioning


Perspectives and Exercises
Accessioning Manuscripts and Personal Papers—Tammi Kim 
Accessioning Institutional Records—Virginia Hunt 
Accessioning Practices within Government Archives—John Slate and Kaye Lanning Minchew
Accessioning an Addition to a Processed Collection—Kelly Spring 
Accessioning an Addition to an Unprocessed Collection—Rachel Searcy
Accessioning Legacy Media / Audiovisual Materials—Lauren Sorensen 
Digital Archives Accessioning—Erin Faulder
Retrospective Accessioning—Chela Scott Weber
Deposits—Michael Rush
Reappraisal and Deaccessioning—Laura Uglean Jackson

About the Authors 

Audra Eagle Yun

Audra Eagle Yun is head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine, where she worked from 2011 as an archivist until being appointed department head in 2013. Prior to UC Irvine, Eagle Yun coordinated archival collections and digital projects at Wake Forest University and the Forsyth County (NC) Public Library. She has been a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) since 2008 and was elected to serve on the SAA Council from 2017 to 2020. Eagle Yun is a coauthor of Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries (2012; 2020) as well as a contributor to the 2019 Statement of Principles for Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Her work focuses on community-centered archives partnerships, archival collection management, and feminist leadership.

"As an academic archivist who is currently trying to keep up with timely accessions as numerous collections come to the archives at once, this book provided time-saving resources on streamlining the process. Reading this volume breathes fresh air into the ever-present task of accessioning and certainly makes this reviewer feel reinvigorated in keeping up with this essential responsibility as an archivist. "
—Julia Stringfellow, Journal of Western Archives