Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date


Degree Title

Master of Applied Historical Research



Major Advisor

Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Ph.D.


This project develops a policy and question-based procedure guide for archival appraisal—the decision-making process for what is preserved or conserved, and what is destroyed in an archive—for the City of Boise Department of Arts and History. Due to resource constraints, the department needs a clear appraisal policy as well as a procedure guide that could be used by someone new to appraisal. The project theorizes that in a small institutional setting, lack of space can drive focused collecting goals. Focused collecting goals can help achieve a cohesive and useful collection. Drawing from the ideas of Frank Boles and Julia Marks Young, and Helen Willa Samuels, I processed the Thomas Byrne Collection, and analyzed that process. Based on that analysis, I produced an appraisal policy section recommended to the department for inclusion in its collection development policy, and developed a procedure guide to accompany it. I developed the policy and procedure guide together, harmonizing the documents to create an example of appraisal in a small archival setting.

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