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Descriptive Notes is the blog of the Description Section of the Society of American Archivists. The Description Section provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas about all aspects of archival description among those responsible for, involved in, or interested in description projects, standards, and systems.

We welcome long form articles, announcements and updates, shared resources, and visual content relating to issues of archival description. We would like to hear from you about your case studies, projects, collaborations, and any conversations that would be of interest to readers.  Our work and editorial standards are guided by the SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Descriptive Notes transitioned from a newsletter to a blog format in March 2021. Past newsletter issues can be viewed here.

Editorial Team

Will Clements

Betts Coup

Ashley Gosselar

Kate Madison (Lead Editor)

Cate Peebles

Past Editors

Kelly Bolding

Lori Dedeyan (Lead Editor, 2021-2022)

Katie Duvall

Helice Koffler

The Society of American Archivists does not assume responsibility for the opinions and views published on this site. Any reference to commercial interests visible on this site does not imply endorsement by SAA. Use of the SAA logo by an SAA component group does not necessarily imply SAA endorsement of the groups’ statements, positions, or opinions.