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For more than 20 years, Frank Boles has been a key player in the persistent, multi-faceted discussion of archival appraisal. This update of Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts brings a renewed vigor to the ongoing debate. Appraisal theory has benefited from a lively professional discussion about what the theory is and what makes sense. This text provides a thorough review of diverse theories and offers a guide to the process, addressing appraisals thorny issues, such as reappraisal and the appraisal of non-textual records.
Novices will appreciate the opening chapter on "Why Archivists Select," which provides a strong foundation for the overview of appraisal theory that follows. The examination of the nuts-and-bolts decision-making process gives guidance and advice to archivists unfamiliar with the selection process. Useful appendices, including a comprehensive bibliography, supplement the text. This book gives readers an opportunity to reconsider the importance of appraisal and reflect on the often boisterous discussion around it.
"In Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts, Frank Boles provides an excellent introduction to appraisal theory and practice that will challenge both newcomers and senior archivists alike." --MARK A. GREENE, Director, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
" Boles's special achievement is to make a complex subject accessible: a large literature is covered with dexterity and humour, and its pertinence to the archival professional is clearly identified." --BARBARA L. CRAIG, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, and author of Archival Appraisal: Theory and Practice
Society of American Archivists
(2005) 214 pp., soft cover