Series and sub-series level
This record summarises a series within the collection e.g. the correspondence of Sir Joseph Hooker.

Collection level
The record at this level summarises an entire archive collection and provides an overview of its content. Collections are normally the papers of one particular creator e.g. Sir Joseph Hooker Papers, or RBGK: Herbarium Department Papers.

Item level
This record describes individual items within a collection e.g. an individual letter. Very few of Kew’s archive collections are catalogued to this detail at present.

Administrative history
This field gives brief biographical details of the creator of the collection or a brief administrative history of the organisation or department that created the collection.

Reference number
This will take the format of BOR/1/1 and is what is used to identify and retrieve a particular item within a collection. If a collection has been catalogued to file/item level, please quote the reference number when requesting to access this item.

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