This presentation reflects on an archival deaccessioning situation where the son of a living donor, a member of the faculty at the University of Kentucky, requested the return of the family scrapbooks included in his father's collection. The presentation comprises the story of the deaccession, a definition of "appraisal" in this American archives context, and then an unpacking of the appraisal decision frameworks operating in this case study.

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A presentation at the International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV) Annual Conference in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.