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This paper investigated the relevance of intrinsic value to electronic records. In conjunction with other appraisal methods, intrinsic value is useful in determining which documents require long-term preservation in their original formats. A pilot study consisting of interviews with archivists/records professionals was conducted by telephone with nine state archives/records agencies. This study, combined with a literature review, demonstrates that although state records managers and archivists do not presently use intrinsic value during appraisal of electronic records, its application could reduce costs, protect historically valuable information and lessen the potential for legal action relating to permanent, born-digital collections.