n. (also archivalisation) the process of selecting records for retention in an archives and preparing them for research use the process of determining or sensing that a record has the necessary qualities for it to become part of an archives or to be archival


Archivalization1 is not fully native in English, but it appeared commonly in American archival discourse, solely within references to European practice, from the 1940s to the 1960s. However, the authors (usually reviewers or abstractors) who used the term treated the term as so obvious in meaning that they never defined it or demonstrated in any way that they considered the word foreign. The common sense of archivalization2 is the process of someone deciding a record has the requisite value to be treated as an archival record. This sense is distinct from appraisal, which is a systematic process of determining whether records are archival. With archivization, the process is not necessarily rigorous and does not need to be conducted by an archivist. Archivization is, in a sense, the mere feeling that a record is worth saving and, thus, a process that everyone carries out in everyday life.