b_cavis (b_cavis) wrote in archivists,

Appraisal failures

Hi everyone,

I'm giving a presentation on archive appraisal, and was hoping you guys could give me a hand with something.

I'm going to tilt the discussion towards proving how subjective and difficult appraisal actually is, and to do so I wanted to talk about some mistakes/failures of appraisal in the past (ie-- "Oh this is useless, throw it away/don't take it" and then it turns out to be of vital significance).

Can anyone help me with some examples of (in)famous appraisal flubs? I've found the Heiner case (http://www.caldeson.com/RIMOS/summary.html) but I can't seem to locate any others.

Thank you from a grateful MLIS student!
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