The Committee on Professional Training and Education of the International Council on Archives (ICA) decided at its meeting in Milan in autumn 1989 to propose a comparative study of manuals and textbooks suitable for training programmes in archives administration and records management. Unesco has included this study in its RAMP series. A specially devised questionnaire about manuals and textbooks was sent to members of the Committee and other experts.
At the same time, the Committee also asked teachers of archives administration to report on manuals and textbooks written in their respective languages. These reports were presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Archival Training organized by the Committee in The Hague in September 1990. The preliminary draft of this study was also discussed in The Hague. The Symposium proposed that it should include an annotated bibliography of international and national textbooks and manuals designed for archive schools and trainers. This study and the bibliography, which forms an appendix, are thus based on the reports presented in The Hague, and on the questionnaire responses.
I am grateful for all the feedback and aid received from the Committee members and other experts in archival training. Without their help it would have been impossible to cover the publications of so many countries and in so many languages.