The Archivist as Planner and Poet: Thoughts on the Larger Issues of Appraisal for Acquisition
This article comments on issues related to private sector acquisition strategies. It discusses the relationship of acquisition to institutional mandates and ideas of significance. Appraisal is linked to larger concepts of time, memory, and the continuing preservation of records. Four large areas for archives research are highlighted: role of appraisal in preservation; nature of records for private persons; connections between archives and other social memorials; and the study of archives users. The pursuit of archives history is advocated for its potential utilitarian and humane contributions to appraisal.
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