Macro-Appraisal Theory and the Context of the Public Records Creator

  • Richard Brown


This essay is about the context of the public records creator and its conceptual relation to the appraisal of public records. Its primary purpose is to suggest an alternative way for archivists to understand, interpret, and represent institutional creator context in support of intellectual processes and practical methods leading to the identification of records for archival preservation.


Cet essai porte sur le contexte de la création des documents publics et sa relation conceptuelle avec l'évaluation des documents publics. Le but premier de cet essai vise à suggérer aux archivistes une voie alternative pour comprendre, interpréter et représenter le contexte de création institutionnelle à l'appui des processus intellectuels et des méthodes pratiques conduisant à l'identification des dossiers à valeur archivistique.

Author Biography

Richard Brown

Richard Brown has been an archivist at the National Archives of Canada since 1983, where he currently manages the development of submissions and appraisals for federal government records in the Records Disposition Division. His academic background includes a BA in Canadian History from the University of New Brunswick ( 1974), and a PhD in Italian Renaissance History from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. For the past several years, Richard has been involved in the formulation of macro-appraisal initiatives at the National Archives for the Archives and Government Records Branch, notably the corporate Acquisition Strategy Model, the Government- Wide Plan, and the Private Sector Records Acquisition Strategy. He is presently a core member of the NA project team assembled to review and revise the General Records Disposal Schedules (GRDS) of the Government of Canada.

How to Cite
Brown, Richard. 1995. “Macro-Appraisal Theory and the Context of the Public Records Creator”. Archivaria 40 (October), 121-72.