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<appraisal> Appraisal Information

<appraisal> is used to encode information about the process of determining the archival value and disposition of the records based upon their current administrative, legal, and fiscal use; their evidential, intrinsic, and informational value; their arrangement and condition; and their relationship to other records. It does not pertain to the monetary value of the records.

<appraisal> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <archdescgrp>, <c>, <c01> through <c12>, and <descgrp>.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • TYPE – not required. May be used to designate the type of acquisition info.


<appraisal> may contain further <appraisal> elements, as well as <address>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <head>, <list>, <note>, <p>, and <table>. Note, since PCDATA is not used within this element, it serves as a wrapper, at least of a <p> element containing the actual text.


See DACS Section 5.3, Appraisal/destruction/scheduling information. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.66-67)


Some examples of how <appraisal> may be used:

	<p>Materials for this collection were selected in consultation with the creator. Medical records and receipts were removed. Certain letters were returned to their writers, at the writers' requests.</p>
	<p>Duplicate materials have been removed and discarded.</p>

EAD tag library entry for <appraisal>.