Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives published

Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives have been published by ARAIreland

The Guidelines were launched on 14 March with a training session at the National Library of Ireland.

The guidelines outline and explain best practice for the indexing of archival fonds in Ireland. They cover the creation of index terms, also known as ‘access points’, for persons, families, corporate bodies, places, and subjects. They apply to all kinds of archives and are designed to assist archivists working with or without archival software packages.

The Guidelines were prepared by Dr Elizabeth Mullins, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin, Stephen Scarth, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Colum O’Riordan, Irish Architectural Archive, Micheál Ó Conaire and Mary Mackey, National Archives, Ireland. The guidelines were prepared in consultation with Bill Stockting of the British Library. The Heritage Council of Ireland supported their production.

The Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives will help archivists create indexing terms for personal, family and corporate names, place names and for subjects and events. The guidelines are based on the UK National Council for Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names with Irish examples, where possible. They will assist archivists in deciding what to index in a finding aid, to what level of description one should index, cross-referencing indexing terms and also suggests specialised vocabularies for particular archives.


Read the Guidelines here:

Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives here


Also available here is the 2009 edition of: 

Irish Guidelines for Archival Description