Reappraising and Deaccessioning Archival Materials from Start to Finish #1766 


Tue, May 23, 2017
Chicago History Museum
Chicago, IL

Additional details

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: April 23, 2017

Co-Sponsor: Chicago History Museum

Lodging & Travel Information

Hotel Lincoln
1816 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL60614

Workshop Fees

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Full Registration #1766

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Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Reappraising and Deaccessioning Archival Materials from Start to Finish #1766

Tue, May 23, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Marcella D. Huggard, CA

Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 5
General CEU Credits: 0.75

Workshop Description

In this workshop you’ll learn how to initiate and carry out reappraisal and deaccessioning programs and projects step-by-step!  You’ll hear about basic concepts of reappraisal and deaccessioning, like collecting data and finding repositories to accept transferred collections.  You’ll also delve into larger issues of determining ownership, considering choices, and making responsible decisions.  You’ll have the opportunity to assess what your repository needs to do before beginning a reappraisal and deaccessioning project or program.  In the afternoon you’ll be looking at case studies provided by the instructors and participant-submitted situations.  Here, you’ll learn how to apply the Guidelines for Reappraisal and Deaccessioning to unique situations.

Upon completion of this workshop you'll be able to:

  • Take steps to reappraise and deaccession materials in an ethical, responsible, and transparent manner.
  • Apply the Guidelines for Reappraisal and Deaccessioning to their specific situations.
  • Advocate and explain to your administrators, superiors, and parent bodies the benefits of reappraisal and deaccessioning.
  • Consider legal and ethical considerations when reappraising and deaccessioning collections.

Who should attend? Administrators, legal professional, managers, practitioners, and records managers

What Should You know? Participants who have a good understanding of their own institution, such as organizational structure, policies, and collections will have an easier time completing the first activity and will find it more practical.  Previous appraisal experience is useful, but not necessary.


When participants were asked “what aspect of the workshop methods/materials was most valuable to you?” responses included:

  • “I thought it was all useful & practical information . I enjoyed it”  – Tracey Howerton
  • “The case studies & activities were excellent”  – Lucinda Cockrell
  • “The discussion of abandoned property and what to do in the case of no deed was very helpful. Handling collecting - happy boards and development officers is great to know.” – Suzanne Scott

Attendance limited to 25.