We consider the higher-rank graphs introduced by Kumjian and Pask as models for higher-rank Cuntz–Krieger algebras. We describe a variant of the Cuntz–Krieger relations which applies to graphs with sources, and describe a local convexity condition which characterizes the higher-rank graphs that admit a non-trivial Cuntz–Krieger family. We then prove versions of the uniqueness theorems and classifications of ideals for the $C^*$-algebras generated by Cuntz–Krieger families.
AMS 2000 Mathematics subject classification: Primary 46L05
(Received July 15 2001)