Manual of Archival Description

n. (MAD, abbr.)A British guideline for describing archival collections written by Michael Cook and Margaret Proctor.


A third edition was published by Gower in 2000.


Haworth 1993, p. 58 MAD is intended to be a standard for the production of finding aids; it has rejected the bibliographic model as a standard for archival description. . . . MAD's focus on more rigorous models for output reflects perhaps the British archival tradition, where more emphasis has been placed on classification schemes and custodianship than on description.