The appraisal of FBI records: Random destruction of evidence or statistically valid sampling method?



With “over six million criminal, civil, security, applicant and administrative case files” (Bradsher 1988, 53) in 1979, the FBI faced not only the challenges of determining which files are culturally and historically significant and which should be retained for legal liability purposes, but a more mundane problem faced regularly by Archives; the problem of space. The National Archives and Records Administration developed a new approach to appraising records based on a combination of historical methods, theories and approaches. Is the final result a valid approach to appraisal?