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Separate room for finding aids in the General State Archives in Karlsruhe

As repertory (from Latin reperire "(to) see", "discover", "identify", plural: repertories ) or finding aid is referred to in the archives a written list of the archives of an archive . This can be based on or across stocks as well as across archives.

Repertories such as card indexes , finding aids, lists or special inventories are results of the archival indexing and indexing. They serve as finding aids or finding aids . Finding aids are now created as databases by specific archive information systems and then made available in the user room or on the Internet as online finding aids .

Elements of a finding aid

A completed inventory-related finding aid usually contains a foreword to the history of the inventory creator (in the case of an estate, a short biography), an introduction to the inventory history and a description of the evaluation criteria and the order and mapping work. The indexed archive material is listed with at least the archive signature, the title, the term and, if necessary, an additional note on the content. These entries are usually in addition to a by the archivist structured classification incorporated. It is often advisable to supplement the finding aid with subject, place and person indices. Did the files already have a serial number before they were transferred to the archive , e.g. B. by a file plan, these can be compared to the archive signatures in a separate directory, the concordance .

Special inventory

A special inventory is a finding aid that records and describes archival material on certain topics. Like collections, these inventories are generally created across all holdings and can contain archives from one or more archives (often virtual today). In individual cases, such an inventory also contains references to other source locations.

Use of the term beyond the archives

In academic usage, comprehensive directories are referred to as repertories, for example the Repertorium Germanicum . In the 19th century in particular, the term repertory was occasionally used as a journal title. Well-known examples are:

  • the chemical-technical repertory edited by Emil Jacobsen
  • the repertory of mineralogical and crystallographic literature
  • the repertory for experimental physics, for physical technology, mathematical and astronomical instruments
  • the repertory of classical antiquity
  • the repertory of all German literature
  • the repertory for chemistry as a science and art
  • Repertory of the topographic atlas sheet Berchtesgaden (1841)

Recently the term repertory has also been used for scientific databases, an example is the Repertorium Academicum Germanicum or the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale .

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Individual evidence

  1. Archivportal-D. German Digital Library, accessed on May 26, 2020 .