n Mousaion - Evaluation of archival institutions in New Zealand

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The overall aim of the study was to determine whether archival institutions conformed to a set of guidelines developed by the Society of American Archivists, and what the level of conformity was. In addition, the study aimed to answer whether the guidelines were practical to use and if they could be used in a diverse range of archival institutions. More specifically, the study aimed to determine whether archival institutions in New Zealand conformed to the guidelines, and what the level of conformity was. Although the study achieved a low response rate of, it was decided to continue with the interpretation of the results with the aim of at least making a small contribution to the limited body of knowledge on the subject of archival evaluation. The results of the study should therefore be treated with caution. The results of the data indicated that no evidence could be found that the guidelines were not practical to use or that they might be more suitable to a specific type or size of institution. In addition, archival institutions in New Zealand conformed, to a large extent, to the guidelines, except insofar as it related to the guideline on Outreach and Public Programmes, where a low level of conformity was identified. In recommending a way forward, consideration should be given to develop the guidelines into a proper methodology which could be used as a benchmark for the evaluation of archival institutions by archivists themselves and by relevant stakeholders.

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