There is no shortage of literature discussing processing backlogs in United States repositories and the need for a shift in approach. With many institutions currently facing decreased support and funding it becomes essential for collection management practices to be as efficient and productive as possible.

This article will highlight the experiences of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Oregon Libraries in uncovering hidden collections by utilizing collection level records and supporting this work with a grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Over the past several years we have undertaken a major effort to assess our backlog, realign technical service priorities, and create efficient policies, procedures, and workflows.



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