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enduring value

Broader Term: 

n. ~ The continuing usefulness or significance of records, based on the administrative, legal, fiscal, evidential, or historical information they contain, justifying their ongoing preservation.


Many archivists prefer to describe archival records as having 'enduring value' or 'continuing value', rather than 'permanent value'. 'Enduring value' emphasizes the perceived value of the records when they are appraised, recognizing that a future archivist may reappraise the records and dispose of them. The phrases are often used interchangeably.