historical value

n. the importance or usefulness of records that justifies their continued preservation because of the enduring administrative, legal, fiscal, or evidential information they contain the usefulness or significance of records for understanding the recorded human past


Archivists employ the term historical value with varying degrees of specificity. Most commonly, they use the term to mean the value of records to support any use regarding the past. Occasionally, however, archivists use historical value, in contradistinction to the broader archival value, to mean the value of a record to support the study of human history.