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Collection Management book
This chapter presents the main principles, methodologies, and practices developed and applied to create, manage, and preserve archival and museum collections. Historians must explore the various steps of collection management, be aware of the legal issues and responsibilities, and the profession's codes of ethics. In the United States, following the creation of the National Archives in 1934, archivists broke away from the American Historical Association (AHA) and, in 1936, created their own professional association, the Society of American Archivists (SAA). As the professions grew apart, the historians and archivists began to develop their own vocabulary that affects our contemporary understanding of the term archives. The obsolescence of digital technology is the major problem in storage and preservation of born-digital archives. With new digital technology, tagging of items by different users can help repositories to enrich the metadata of their collections.