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WHO ARE WE?
The National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB)
is an independent not-for-profit corporation created to provide
appraisal services for donations of archival records to Canadian
cultural institutions. Its services are provided to
institutions at arm’s length by qualified professionals at the
lowest cost possible.
Monetary appraisals of archival donations were
first undertaken in 1971 under the aegis of a committee of the
Canadian Historical Association composed of three historians and two
archivists. The National Archival Appraisal Board was
established in 1976 to continue the work under
more formal arrangements. NAAB became an independent
not-for-profit organization when it incorporated in 1983. Its
objectives have remained the same throughout that period:
To serve the need for reasonably priced expert appraisal
services among Canadian archival repositories;
To promote greater understanding of the appraisal process
among archivists and others working with archival material by
encouraging research and organizing seminars and conferences;
To provide a balanced approach to the appraisal process by
the inclusion of archivists, dealers and researchers familiar with
the value of archival documents.
NAAB conducts its work by
appointing appraisal committees that examine donations of archival
materials, determine their monetary value and prepare a report on
the monetary value of each donation. In accordance with
provincial and federal tax regulations concerning donations in kind,
the institution can then issue its donor a receipt for the value
stated on the appraisal report.
Appraisal committees are
generally appointed by a regional director or assistant. A NAAB
appraisal committee is usually composed of at least one archivist,
one researcher and one dealer. In special cases, additional
members may be appointed when the nature of the material requires
NAAB appraisal committees are responsible for the determination of
the fair market value of the archival donations submitted by the
institution. The definition of the fair market value is that
used by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board; it is
understood to be “the highest price, expressed in terms of money,
that the property would bring in an open and unrestricted market
between a willing buyer and a willing seller who are both
knowledgeable, informed, and prudent, and who are acting
independently of each other”.
NAAB’s affairs are directed by a Chairman (Ken Larose), a
Vice-Chairman (Marcel Caya) and a board of seven members, six of
whom represent a region of the country: Atlantic (Burton Glendenning),
Quebec (Marcel Caya), Ontario (Karen Teeple), West (Doug Cass), B.C.
and Yukon (George Brandak), National Capital (Ottawa and vicinity) (
Jim Burant). For details, go to the "Using our services" page.
NAAB’s Secretariat is provided by the office of the Canadian Council
of Archives. All correspondence should be addressed to:
130 Albert Street, Suite 1201
Ottawa ON K1P 5G4
Tel.: (613) 565-1222 ext. 191
Toll free number: 1-866-254-1403
Fax: (613) 565-5445