Lexicon

Lexicon /ˈlɛksɪk(ə)n/ The vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.

Origin: Early 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek lexikon (biblion) ‘(book) of words’, from lexis ‘word’, from legein ‘speak’. (Oxford Dictionary)

70 Degrees– According to the National Archives,  70° Fahrenheit is the preferred temperature that is optimal for the preservation of artifacts. It is the degree in which archival materials and exhibitions should be protected for long term conservation.

Archive– a physical or digital place where artifacts are stored and preserved

Collection– a series of items that belong together based on a central theme(s)

Classification– identifying an object’s place within a collection

Curate– selecting a series of items based on a central theme(s) for an exhibit

Docent– a museum tour guide who contextualizes a collection for the visiting public of an exhibit

Ephemera– temporary or items that are meant to be short lived such as marketing materials like brochures, programs, and posters

Exhibit– displaying thematically organized objects for the public’s access

Finding Aid– A summary that contains the extent of a collection

Library– a physical and digital repository that organizes archival collections based on hierarchical data principles

Metadata– description information stored within an item’s digital listing that has been assigned by an Archivist

Nomenclature– a standard naming system with rules used in classification

Permanent Collection– a series of exhibitions which are always available to the public to view

Provenance– the ownership record for an archival material

Respect des fonds– keeping original records together as they were received

Reserve Library– a non-loaning organization that provides archival material to the public for their research purposes

*See A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology by Richard Pearce-Moses for a complete list.