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Abstract

This article discusses several case studies of the archival appraisal and acquisition of slides in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. It attempts to elucidate the criteria for assessment and describes the outcome in each of these examples. The case studies represent a range of materials in terms of provenance and subject content, including an institutional collection of art and architecture slides, a set of glass slides documenting the northern sky which was used by the Department of Astronomy, and a faculty collection of slides relating to interior design from the College of Human Ecology.

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