| The archival appraisal of records containing personal information: A RAMP study with guidelines |
|4. Appraisal methodologies, criteria, and options|
1. This chapter will outline methods and criteria, as well as practical approaches, that an archivist should use in appraising records containing personal information. Such appraisal operates on two levels:
-- for the large majority of case file series which have value primarily for their collective or evidential character (and thus have been identified for further appraisal using the macro-appraisal model in Chapter 3); and
-- for those series which only contain certain informational value about specific persons, places, and things.
The chapter begins by recommending a comprehensive approach as the only logical way to make sound appraisal decisions. This is followed by general and specific appraisal criteria, the latter both for special files in a series (informational value) and for series as a whole (evidential value, leading to the broader sharpening of the societal image). Various practical and preservation issues are next addressed, and then various appraisal options, including a brief summary of sampling, are presented.