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Archives of Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia: Comparison

General introduction to archival resources and terminology, with links to numerous archival institutions, descriptions of procedures, and details of guides specializing in information pertaining to archives and primary source documents in print and online

Comparitive Info.

An excellent source for archival terminoloy and their definitions in English is available at http://www.archivists.org/glossary/A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology, by Richard Pearce-Moses. RICHARD PEARCE-MOSES.  The table below gives some of the general terms used for archival materials with translations into Czech, Russian and Polish. A brief glance an Pearch-Moses list will indicate that many terms are not included here.  Hopefully, this will help you get started.

English

Romanian

Russian

Polish

Archival holdings

Arhivele consistente

Архивные фонды

Zasób archiwalny

Item/unit

Caz

Дело

Jednostka archiwalna

Inventory

 Opis

Опис

Inwentarz archiwalny

Stacks

Depozit

Хранилище

Skład archiwum

Manuscript

Manuscris

Рукопис

Rękopis / maszynopis

Guide

Ghid

Путеводитель

Przewodnik

fonds

Definition   

The entire body of records of an organization, family, or individual that have been created and accumulated as the result of an organic process reflecting the functions of the creator.

 

inventory

Definition   

n. ~ 1. A list of things. – 2. Description · A finding aid that includes, at a minimum, a list of the series in a collection. – 3. Records management · The process of surveying the records in an office, typically at the series level.

 


guide

Definition   

n. ~ A broad description of the holdings at one or more archives, typically at the collection level.

Notes

A guide covering several repositories' holdings is often called a repository guide or a interrepository guide. A guide that describes collections relating to a specific subject is often called a subject guide or a thematic guide.

 



 

 

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