Item-level description is a luxury few archivists can afford to indulge in as processing has adopted the MPLP model and eliminating backlogs has become a clarion call. But there are instances when only research done by the archivist will allow the significance of a document to be recognized and no longer hidden in a collection. An account of an incident before the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga written by Mississippi soldier Captain Thomas Hyde Dickson is one example of why there is still a place for item-level description and how the role of archivist as researcher is critical to making collections more accessible.
"Finding Captain Dickson: The Archivist as a Researcher,"
The Primary Source: Vol. 34
, Article 1.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/theprimarysource/vol34/iss1/1