aesthetic value

n. the usefulness or significance of records that derives from their artistic characteristics or their particular visual or aural attractiveness


Aesthetic value is directly related to the concepts of artifactual and exhibition value, both of which focus on the value of a hard-copy record as an object and physical reality. However, archivists may also identify the aesthetic value of digital or analog audio, audiovisual, and silent motion-picture records, all of which would thus have exhibition value, but not all of which would have artifactual value.