How are archival materials grouped?
This section describes and illustrates the hierarchy or relationships between ARC descriptions and their creators. The hierarchy involves a 'parent/child' relationship between records. For example, a series can be the parent of several items and a series can also be the child of a specific collection or record group.
The relationships between archival descriptions in ARC are as follows:
- A series belongs to a record group or a collection.
- A file unit belongs to a series.
- An item can belong to a file unit or belong directly to a series.
- Series, file units, and items only have one parent record.
- Collections, record groups, series, and file units can have multiple child records.
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