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administrative value

Broader Term: 

n. ~ The usefulness or significance of records to support ancillary operations and the routine management of an organization.


Records having administrative value are generally considered useful or relevant to the execution of the activities that caused the record to be created and during an audit of those activities. Traditionally, archivists have seen administrative value as transient. For administrative records to be considered archival, they must also possess other values.

(O'Toole 1998, p. 284) The ability of records to leave behind evidence for such matters as the proper calculation of Easter and 'all things necessary for the celebration of festal days' were examples of the administrative usefulness of records, one of the traditional justifications for archival programs, especially in organizational and institutional settings.