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From: "J.O.S. N." <>
Subject: Re: [APG] APG Digest, Vol 3, Issue 628
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 11:45:43 -0400
At least when an item is formally deaccessioned a record exists of the item.
When I requested again a file at the National Archives a letter that was
formerly in the file was no longer there. It was from my great grandmother
asking for her marriage license back. In those prephotocopy days she had
submitted an original in applying for a widow's pension. Perhaps someone
else thought it was as sweet a letter as I did.
Garrett Park MD
On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM, <> wrote:
> In a message dated 10/10/2008 11:11:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> [APG] Fwd: [archives] appraisal/deaccessioning question
> To: " List" <>
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> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; delsp=yes;
> I thought that the following question posed to the Archives &
> Archivists listserv would be an interesting one to we genealogists.
> The question is from a student, not me.
> Valerie A. Metzler, M. A., C. A.
> Valerie Metzler Archivist/Historian
> 114 Ruskin Drive
> Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
> 814 940 0493
> fax 940 0493
> Begin forwarded message:
> > This past week in my Archival Appraisal class we were discussing
> > reappraisal and deaccessioning and one of the students posed a
> > question that neither the professor or any of us could really answer.
> > I was the brave soul who offered to pose the question to the listserv
> > and see what you all have to say. We were discussing Leonard
> > Rapport's article in the Spring 1981 American Archivist "No
> > Grandfather Clause: Reappraising Accessioned Records". The question
> > came up that if you destroy a primary source that has been cited in a
> > publication, is the published information based on this source
> > rendered irrelevant since the source no longer exists?
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