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What do we mean by “inventory” and “catalogue”? The collection or archive inventory is a list of the items (documents, photographs, instruments, etc.) that make it up. The collections catalogue is a set of files (index cards) that give detailed, individual descriptions of the items that they contain.

What is the importance of the inventories and the catalogues? The inventory and the cataloguing of a collection are the first stages for finding out about, preserving and evaluating the documentary heritage of a scientist or institution. Once they have been produced, inventories and catalogues become essential tools for conserving and presenting knowledge about contemporary scientific memory.
Since it relates to all the documents conserved, the inventory prevents the collections from becoming dispersed and allows the monitoring of any subsequent developments (transformations, disappearances, acquisitions, etc.)
Cataloguing offers more detailed knowledge about the collection and its content, but does not offer descriptions or individual, detailed analysis of the documents contained within it.

What is a transcription? A transcription is a text that reproduces a recording or voice interview. Writing the text down means that the ideas expressed in it are easier to understand, they are punctuated correctly and unnecessary elements of oral discourse are eliminated to adapt them to written format and make them easier to read and analyse. The transcriptions have to be revised and approved by the person interviewed.