Acquisition, Appraisal, & Accessioning, February 12-15, 2024

Registration: CLOSED

When: February 12-15, 2024, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Atlantic) each day

Where: Online via Zoom & Google Classroom

Instructor: Sharon Murray, CNSA Archives Advisor

Course Description

Participants will be guided through the three archival functions of acquisition, appraisal, and accessioning. The acquisition process involves choosing appropriate materials to be housed at the archives and accepting them into custody. Accessioning is the official legal acceptance of those records. Once they have been accepted, they can be processed in the institution and only the most valuable records need to be kept – this is appraisal. This course will teach participants how to evaluate material for inclusion in archival collections and the practical steps required for acceptance of material. Topics covered will include requirements of policy and practice as well as options for a variety of archival scenarios.

This course is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.


Introduction to Archives or experience working in an archive.


The cost of this course is $120 for CNSA Members and $170 for non-members. CNSA Members can also take advantage of our group rates, which are applied automatically:

  • $100 per person for 2-4 employees/volunteers from a member organization
  • $80 per person for 5+ employees/volunteers from a member organization


This course is now full. Please contact our Archives Advisor if you’d like to be added to the wait-list: