Record Creators with Multiple Roles
In many institutions, creators of vital records often hold dual roles simultaneously. For example, University presidents, provosts, and other academic administration often hold faculty appointments.
The papers describing the activities of the office of the president are held separately from the papers describing the activities of the academic department, and both are held separately from the manuscript collection comprising the individual administrator/faculty member’s personal papers. Understanding the history of all of the administrator/faculty member’s activities at the institution requires a knowledge of multiple collections.
Take, for example, John Smith of the University of Anywhere. John has held the following roles at UofA:
- Graduate of the School of Medicine
- Professor at the School of Public Health
- Chair of the Community Health Program in the undergraduate college
- Clinician at the UofA’s teaching hospital
- Dean of the School of Public Health