At the Region of Waterloo Archives, I was responsible for organizing the archive’s map vault. I did so by analyzing the contents of the maps, creating tags on acid-free, archival cards, describing maps and plans using Canadian Rules for Archival Description, and preparing detailed summaries of relevant government bodies, buildings, and initiatives.
The Archives moved just before the start of my summer job there, and many of the maps in the Archives’ collection had yet to be accessioned or organized in any way. To start, much of my work involved unboxing the maps and putting the various collections on shelves together.
In order to organize the vault, I created labels using acid-free cards and archival “tape,” as well as creating detailed descriptions on the Region’s online archival database using the Canadian Rules for Archival Description. Some examples of my descriptions are available here.