Acquisition, Appraisal, and Accessioning: November 14-17, 2022


Acquisition, Appraisal, and Accessioning will take place online from November 14-17, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. It will be taught by Sharon Murray, the CNSA’s Archives Advisor.

CNSA members and employees/volunteers of members institutions that are up-to-date on their membership fees are eligible for the CNSA Member rate.

Members in good standing are also eligible for Group Rates:

  • $100 per person for 2-4 employees/volunteers from a member organization
  • $75 per person for 5+ employees/volunteers from a member organization

How to receive the Group Rates:

  1. Choose ‘CNSA Member’ as your Registration type
  2. Fill out the form about the course attendees
  3. Enter the total number of people you are registering for the course at the bottom
  4. Click ‘Add to cart’ – the discount will be applied automatically

If you want to register for another course at the same time (and therefore maximize the group rates), don’t go through the checkout process until you’ve added that registration to your cart too!

Please provide the first and last name of all those attending the course.

Please provide the email addresses of all those attending the course OR the email address of the primary contact person at your organization

The name of the member organization where you work/volunteer (if relevant)

SKU: AAA 2022 Category:


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.

Learning Method

This course is taught online across four half-day sessions. Learning is done through a combination of lecture, personal reading, and practical exercises.


Introduction to Archives or experience working in an archive.