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Sampling Experiment, Phase Two

In this phase of the experiment, I followed the draft of the guidelines I wrote for this project, Evaluation Process and Criteria for Appraising Home Movie VHS Collections at TAMI. I should note before going into the details that this process was likely slowed because I created all of the files in Excel rather than Filemaker...

Sampling Experiment, Phase One

On Monday, I began the sampling experiment on a collection of VHS to try and gauge if a random sample of the videos could represent a collection. After consulting my adviser, the sampling method I decided to use is as follows: 1. Take one, five minute sample beginning at the 00:02:00 mark of each VHS...

Progress Report: Capstone

I went in to TAMI yesterday for another day of research. The first article I opened to read stated within the first paragraph that you can not get from theory to method without practice. After reading about appraisal for about a month, I felt like I was kind of treading water, pretty ready to move...

Australia’s Heritage Collections Council’s Guide to Assessing Significance

Australia’s Heritage Collections Council published “Significance: A Guide to Assessing the Significance of Cultural Heritage Objects and Collections” in 2001. The guide was written to provide “a sound basis on which to make collection management decisions in relation to conservation, preservation and access.” I thought this was a good case study for me because they...

Schellenberg, Special Selection and Statistical Sampling

Two more pieces of Schellenberg’s appraisal theory that I think are important to consider in TAMI’s case are special selection and statistical sampling. Special selection – persons are individually important, selection is made in relation to individuals rather than matters of social nature. Statistical sampling – applied when records are being selected for studies of...

Traditional Appraisal, A Review of Schellenberg and Informational Value

Because I did not take a formal course in appraisal, I went back and reviewed traditional archival appraisal theory in order to review basic standards. I began with with T.R. Schellenberg’s “The Appraisal of Modern Records” written for the National Archives in 1956. Schellenberg proposes appraisal theory that laid the foundation for many modern archives....

Developing Guidelines for Evaluation and Appraisal of VHS Collections at TAMI

This spring, I am working on a set of guidelines for VHS collections at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Regular blog posts will be hosted here to keep track of my progress on the project. Let me begin first by defining the project as it was informally proposed to my advisors: I am...
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