Arrangement and Description

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Course Description

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

This course is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.

Learning Method

Learning is done through a combination of lecture, personal reading, and practical exercises. The course is either held online across three half-day sessions or in person over two full days.


Introduction to Archives or experience working in an archive.


Registration is open to anyone although preference is given to CNSA Members. Staff and/or volunteers at CNSA member organizations, which are 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.