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Abstract

Use of the USMARC Archives and Manuscripts Control (AMC) format and the automation process necessary for archival and manuscript repositories to utilize a computer information system designed to centralize the storage, manipulation, and retrieval of bibliographic and collection management data are new phenomena for many archivists. Information systems such as OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and RLIN (Research Libraries Information System) provide an attractive opportunity for repositories which desire to participate in the use of AMC at the national level, while other systems are operational at the local, state, and regional levels. Great strides in archival awareness and automation expertise have been made in recent years, and. the archival profession now can better use the many benefits available in automated systems.

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