Archival Description

In order for users to be able to identify an archive and find information in it, we must create registers, catalogues and other retrieval tools and aids. Archival description is the term used for the data recorded on the contents of an archive. A good and comprehensive archival description makes the identification and use of archives much easier.


Archival material must be stored under conditions that deter deterioration to the greatest extent possible. Temperature and relative humidity are two important factors. It is also critical to take into account the packaging for archival material.


The National Archives of Norway's digitising efforts encompass transcription and scanning. Some sources are both transcribed and scanned. The digitised sources are published in the Digital Archives. It is our goal to digitise ten percent of our collections by 2030, which amounts to approximately 25,000 shelf meters of storage space.