Arrangement and Description

Instructor: the CNSA’s Archives Advisor

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Course Description

Arrangement and description of archival material is the nuts and bolts of archival work. The first half of this course focuses on the principles of arrangement and includes case studies, providing the participant with a “hands on” opportunity to arrange typical fonds. The second half addresses description, different types of finding aids, and the principles of description.

This course is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program. Those enrolled in the program will need to complete an assignment at the end of the course to demonstrate their comprehension of the course content.

Learning Method

This course is taught online across four half-day sessions. Most of the content is delivered in class through lectures, discussions, and activities, but some reading may be required between sessions.


Introduction to Archives or experience working in an archive.


Registration is open to anyone although preference is given to those enrolled in the Archival Certificate Program and CNSA Members. Staff and/or volunteers at CNSA member organizations in good standing, can register at the discounted rate. Multiple staff/volunteers from a member organization may be eligible for a group discount. Please contact our Archives Advisor for details.

Members are eligible for a travel subsidy if this course is offered in person. Click here for Expense Claim Form for travel subsidy.