Using dBASE III + for Finding Aids and a Manuscripts Processing Workflow

DAN LUCKENBILL

Abstract

The 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles united the town in a mood of friendship and enjoyment that it has seldom known. When the welcoming banners came down, the city returned to its workaday mood. The banners were sold, but the records of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee came to UCLA’s Department of Special Collections in 1986. With thousands of photographs and hundreds of file drawers, videotapes, cassettes, and boxes of clippings, this was simply another processor’s nightmare. The department, though, had begun to use personal computers and dBASE III+ software for processing manuscript collections. Funds received with the . . .

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