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1 Appraisal & Religious Records Chloë Edwards Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History SMA 2013 Delta State University

2 Roadmap 1.Introduction: Congregation Agudas Achim 2.Literature review 3.Repository review 4.Proposed appraisal policy for CAA

3 Congregation Agudas Achim Image credit:

4 Appraisal : the process of determining whether records and other materials have enduring (archival) value.

5 Literature Review

6 Childhood Image credit: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

7 Adolescence Image credit: Boston Public Library

8 Adulthood: Theory Image credit: Georgia Secretary of States Office

9 Adulthood: Applications Image credit: Jewish Theological Seminary

10 Middle Age Image credit: National Archives and Records Administration

11 Repository Review

12 The Archives of the Episcopal Church Image credit: US GenWeb Archives Project

13 Documentation in 1961 Emphasis on official records – General Convention – Convention and diocesan journals and periodicals – Missionaries reports – Parish histories – Bishops personal papers

14 Documentation in 2013 Official and unofficial records Documentation on individual members Marginalized communities Non-print material

15 The New Appraisal

16 Creating a Policy Combined approach – Methodological guidance Wertheimer, Bernhardt and Miller, 1994 – Conceptual guidance Archives of Episcopal Church

17 CAA Appraisal Policy

18 Questions Image credit: Boson Public Library

19 References Gingerich, Melvin (1966). An effective acquisition program for the religious archives. The American Archivist 29(2): Halsey, William (1977). Historical imagination and the archivist. Catholic Library World 49. Holdings and acquisition policy (2003). Retrieved from Ling, Evelyn (1984). Archives in the church or synagogue library. City, State: Church and Synagogue Library Association. OToole, James (1984). Whats different about religious archives? Midwestern Archivist 9(2): OToole, James (1993). The symbolic significance of archives. The American Archivist 56(2): Patkus, Ronald (1997). Religious archives and the study of history and religion: An essay review of recent titles. The American Archivist 60(1): Perzynska, Kinga (1996). Access strategies for Catholic records: The Catholic Archives of Texas and the recovery of Texas history. Catholic Social Science Review 1: Perzynska, Kinga (1998). Catholic Archives of Texas: Sense and sensibility of Catholic history preservation and research. U.S. Catholic Historian 16(1): Powers, Sister Felicitas (1980). Religious archives: Problems and possibilities. Catholic Library World 52: pg count. Presutti, Robert (2010). Toward a greater discourse: Issues in religious archives. Theological Librarianship 3(1): Weber, Francis (1965). Chancery archives. The American Archivist 28(2): Wertheimer, Jack, Bernardt, Debra and Miller, Julie (1994). Toward the documentation of Conservative Judaism. The American Archivist 57(2): Winfrey, Dorman (1961). Protestant Episcopal church archives. The American Archivist 24(4):


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