I hesitated to change my process because I was convinced I would find some order in the loose documents, particularly because these included file folders, some labeled but most not. The folders, however, were in the neglected pile for a reason: they were not consistently kept. There would be some documents that did belong together, with a few random documents mixed in. I had to give up trying to determine how they were originally collected because it would not add value to any future research done on the collection.
The hesitation was also in part because some portions were extremely well organized; the materials for a book Martin edited, Cinemas of the Black Diaspora, were kept meticulously in folders based on various collaborators. His binders, too, offer better organization.