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|Title: ||Compilation of a calendar for the collection entitled The Personal Papers of Edward, Third Lord Suffield, held in Norfolk Record Office|
|Authors: ||Weare, Jane|
|Issue Date: ||1995|
|Publisher: ||© J. Weare|
|Abstract: ||The core aim of this dissertation has been the provision of a calendar for the
collection - The personal papers of Edward, third Lord Suffield. A calendar is
the most in-depth and time-consuming type of finding aid, and correspondingly
allows for more efficient exploition of the subject-content of archives such as
this. The calendar, together with an introduction, makes up Chapter Five.
Chapter One reviews Norfolk Record Office within local county and national
contexts, with reference to its history, development, administration, evolving
aims and functions, and its response to the disorientation occasioned by the fire.
Chapter Two provides the methodological context both for the set task and for
discussion in Chapter Three. The unique nature of archival control is discussed,
and the working of an integrated finding aid system, the instrument designed to
achieve this, is explored and illustrated with reference to actual examples. Such
control is based on meaningful arrangement and description of an archive, and
this is examined within the framework of a British attempt at a standard, A
manual of archival description [2nd edition 1.
Chapter Three sets the collection calendared within its own specific context, i.e.
as a sub-group of a landed estate collection. The idiosyncratic archival nature of
estate and family records/archives is explored, and problems raised in the
archival treatment both of personal papers generally, and of the collection
calendared in particular, are examined. Challenges and difficulties that arose
during the calendaring process are discussed in some detail with reference to
examples taken from the calendar. Finally, local and national dissemination
possibilities are briefly surveyed.
Chapter Four follows recommended archival procedure and examples studied in
providing background information on Lord Suffield, the collection's originator;
this enhances the effectiveness of the calendar. Significant activities in which he
became involved or chose to involve himself are indicated; many have direct
bearing on documents generated. His succession to the title is set within a brief
overview both of his ancestors and more immediate forebears, and also of
Gunton Hall and Estate. Other than the biography written soon his death, this
account has been based mainly on secondary sources. Much potentially valuable
material was burnt or rendered inaccessible due to the destruction of Norwich
Central Library. His life yet awaits a modern analysis.|
|Description: ||A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial
fulfilment of the requirements of the award of the
Master of Arts degree of the
Loughborough University of Technology.|
|Appears in Collections:||MSc and MA Dissertations (Information Science)|
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