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Acquisition, Appraisal and Accessioning (Core)

December 10, 2018 - December 11, 2018

General 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 workshop 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 workshop is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.

Learning Method:

Learning is done through a combination of lecture, personal reading, small group discussion, and practical exercises over a 2-day period in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Prior knowledge required:

Introduction to Archives workshop or experience working with archival records.


Registration is open to CNSA members in good standing,

A travel subsidy is available to CNSA members. Click here for Expense Claim Form for travel subsidy.

Contact our Archives Advisor for upcoming dates.

Pre-workshop Reading:

Archives Association of British Columbia, A Manual for Small Archives, Chapter 3, https://aabc.ca/media/6069/manualforsmallarchives.pdf.


December 10, 2018
December 11, 2018
Event Category:


Archives Advisor


Colchester Historeum
29 Young Street
Truro, Nova Scotia Canada
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