Archival appraisal has been a significant field and demanding task in thoughts and practice about modern archive, in particular, because of insufficiency of resources for the preservation in comparison with the large scale of recorded information. Appraising records does naturally go with the selecting and acquiring them. In the field of appraisal, however, comprehensive accountability on appraisal is much more important than selection and acquisition.
The purpose of this study is the proposition of the theoretic approach to the analysis of the factors concerning the archival appraisal. For this purpose, I would try not the actual practice of the archival appraisal but theoretical categories of archival appraisal decision.
The archival Characteristic, Value, and Context will be proposed as theoretical categories for the analysis of archival appraisal decision. Firstly, Characteristic category makes it clear to identify the reliable and authentic records, and then, Value provides us with elucidation about the appraisers' recognition of values. Lastly, Context explains the priority of selection throughout creating, using, interrelationship, and social meaning of archives.