ERIC Number: ED360969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Preservation of Archival Materials: A Report of the Task Forces on Archival Selection to the Commission on Preservation and Access.
Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.
Although a sustained campaign has been underway to preserve published materials of importance to scholarly research in the United States, there has not been a similar impetus for the preservation of unpublished materials and the kinds of collections held by archives. A systematic methodology for developing preservation priorities for archival materials at institutional, interinstitutional, and national levels is needed. The conceptual issues involved in the development of this expanded concept of preservation include the range of media covered, the information explosion, and the concepts of preservation, life expectancy, and enduring value. The following basic principles are offered by the Task Forces on Archival Selection reporting to the Commission on Preservation and Access: (1) establishment of a responsible archival management program; (2) the fundamental importance of environment, housing, and ongoing maintenance; (3) recognizing the universe of documentation; and (4) integration of information and responsibility. Recommendations are made to policymakers to increase allocations for preservation and to the profession to foster initiatives for preservation. A background sheet provides information on the Task Forces on Archival Selection. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.