An archival collection is a group of materials (called archival materials) that relate to each other. The materials are often unique, although archival collections can contain published materials or copies. Connections between materials within an archival collection are usually due to the following:
Various terms refer to archival collections. These terms indicate distinctions between different collection types. You will notice that, depending on the archival institution, or its geographic location, these terms will vary in use. Some of the most commonly used terms are:
Although it is helpful to recognize the terms listed above, you should not overly focus on their meanings. To get more context about the construction of an archival collection you can always ask an archivist.
Guide created by A. Seccareccia, 2022.