Course:2: Acquiring Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 4: Acquiring Historical Records and Establishing Legal Control of Them
Topic:Lesson Four Introduction

Lesson 4: Acquiring Historical Records and Establishing Legal Control of Them

Introduction

You now know how important it is to have a collection policy, and you've taken the first steps toward writing and implementing your own policy. You have also learned about the process of appraisal--selecting records that you want to include in your historical records program.

Now you're ready to accession.

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In the archival world, acquiring historical records is called accessioning. Accessioning is a two-part process. First, you transfer legal ownership of the records; second, you document the content of the materials and manage their physical transfer.

In this lesson we will discuss several ways to take legal custody of records; in the next lesson we will focus on bringing those records under the physical and intellectual control of your organization.


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This lesson will take about 20 minutes to complete.