n., pl. cubic feeta volume of space that is approximately 12 × 12 × 12 inchesHorn 1953b, 316Storage equipment in the center consists of steel shelving units of five shelves, on each of which 12 one-cubic foot corrugated cardboard boxes are placed two-high.Gondos 1964, 475A multifunction building not infrequently results in a complicated plan, as in the case of the Virginia State Library; and a complicated plan may well cost more per cubic foot of space afforded than would a simple and direct solution.Ham 1984, 16Authors of two recent studies claim that personal papers may cost between $32 and $88 per cubic foot before they are finally put on the shelves.a measure used to indicate the quantity of materials, commonly used to describe the size of archival or records collectionsPoole 1962, 219Since there were 360 boxes, each containing a cubic foot of records, their mass had to be reduced to store them in any space available.Greene and Meissner 2005, 244Though we are not going that far, it would not be wholly unreasonable to assume that researchers can muddle through a cubic foot of completely unfoldered, unorganized material; the point is that it is not worth organizing that foot of material to the item level.Miller 2013, 527Processing rates vary tremendously. The Beinecke Library at Yale provides a table of estimated processing times based on the origin and time period of creation. Looking at the time to process a cubic foot of post-1900 collection materials, it estimates 1.1 days for state government records, 1.25 days for business records, 2.25 days for local government records, 3.5 days for personal papers, and 3.25 days for mixed types.
A records center box is generally counted as a cubic foot even though it is slightly larger.