Appraisal and Acquisition


Abraham, Terry “Collection Policy or Documentation Strategy,” American Archivist 54 (Winter 1991). [Appraisal]


Alexander, Philip and Helen Samuels. "The Roots of 128: A Hypothetical Documentation Strategy." American Archivist 50 (Fall 1987).


Berkeley, Edmund. “Appraisal of Current Private Papers and Collection Development.” Midwestern Archivist 6:1 (1981): 59-71.


Bromley, Benjamin S., Roger Christman, & Susan Gray Eakin Page. "'I Really Can't Wait to Archive This Exchange': Exploring Processing as Appraisal in the Tim Kaine Email Project." Appraisal and Acquisition: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections. Kate Theimer, ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.


Brown, Richard. "The Value of 'Narrativity' in the Appraisal of Historical Documents: Foundation for a Theory of Archival Hermeneutics." Archivaria 32 (Summer 1991).


Cronenwett, Phillip N. “Appraisal of Literary Manuscripts.”  Archival Choices:  Managing the Historical Record in an Age of Abundance.  Nancy Pease, ed. Lexington, Mass.:  Lexington Books, 1984.  105-116.


Craig, Barbara L. “The Archivist as Planner and Poet:  Thoughts on the Larger Issues of Appraisal for Acquisition.”  Archivaria 52 (Fall 2001):  175-183.


Dalgleish, Paul. “The Appraisal of Personal Records of Members of Parliament in Theory and Practice.” Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  86-101.


Davies, Jane & Janice Tullock. "Fells, Fans, and Fame: Acquiring a Collection of Personal Papers with the Goal of Engaging Primary School Children." Educational Programs: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections. Kate Theimer, ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.


Enniss, Stephen.  "Ted Hughes, Archives and Alligators:  How – and Why – Writers' Papers End Up in British and American Libraries."  Times Literary Supplement (April 27, 2011):


Hives, Christopher. “Acquiring and Preserving Private Records:  Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.”  AABC Newsletter (Spring 1994):  3-5. Reprinted in "Acquiring and Preserving Private Records - A Debate." Archivaria 38 (Fall 1994): 157-161.


Greene, Mark A. and Frank Boles. “Confusing the Bun for the Burger: Rehabilitating the Role of Content in the Archival Context,” Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Geschichte [Swiss Historical Revue]. vol 51 (2001): 424-47.

Greene, Mark A.  “Expanding the Community Connection in Minnesota.” Provenance 17 (1999), 53-66.


Kaplan, Elizabeth. "We Are What We Collect, We Collect What We Are: Archives and the Construction of Identity." American Archivist 63:1 (2000).


Ketelaar, Eric. “The Ethics of Preserving and Destroying Private Archives.” Argiefnuus/Archives News 43.4 (June 2001):  70-77.


Lehane, Richard. "Documenting Sites of Creation." Archives and Manuscripts 40.3 (November 2012): 171-180.


MacDonald, Robert A. J. "Who Is Preserving Private Records?"  AABC Newsletter (Winter 1994):  3. Reprinted in "Acquiring and Preserving Private Records - A Debate." Archivaria 38 (Fall 1994): 155-157. 


MacDonald, Robert A.J. “Acquiring and Preserving Private Records: Cultural versus Administrative Perspectives.”  Archivaria 38 (Fall 1994): 162-163.


Max, D. T.   "Final Destination: Why Do the Archives of So Many Great Writers End up in Texas?The New Yorker (June 11, 2007):

Momryk, Myron. “National Significance:  the Evolution of the Developments of Acquisition Strategies in the Manuscript Division, National Archives of Canada.” Archivaria 52 (Fall 2001):  151-174.


Neal, Kathryn. “Cultivating diversity: The donor connection.” Collection Management vol. 27, No. 2 (2002): 33-42.


Paquet, Lucie.  “Appraisal, Acquisition, and Control of Personal Electronic Records: From Myth to Reality.”  Archives and Manuscripts 28.2 (November 2000):  71-91.


Pollard, Riva A. “The Appraisal of Personal Papers:  A Critical Literature Review.” Archivaria 52 (Fall 2001):  136-150.


Powell, Graeme. “The Collecting of Personal and Private Papers in Australia.” Archives and Manuscripts 24.1 (May 1996):  62-77.


Scaggs, Deirdre A. "The Appraisal of Amateur Photography." Records and Management Report 20.2 (February 2004):  1-14.


Tyree, Jessica A.  “Collecting Modern Papers: Some Inherent Challenges.”  M.L.S. Thesis.  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2005.  


Wagner, Jessica L. & Debbi A. Smith. "Students as Donors to University Archives: A Study of Student Perceptions with Recommendations." American Archivist 75.2 (Fall-Winter 2012) :538-566.