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archival value

Broader Term: 

(also permanent value, continuing value, enduring value, and, mostly outside the United States, indefinite value), n. ~ The ongoing usefulness or significance of records, based on the administrative, legal, fiscal, evidential, or historical information they contain, justifying their continued preservation.


In general, records with archival value are estimated to make up only three to five percent of an organization's records. In most organizations, the determination of which records are considered to have archival value is made by archivists.