What is archive?

  • (verb): Put into an archive.
    Synonyms: file away
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An archive is a collection of historical records, or the physical place they are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of that person or organization. As usually understood by professional archivists and historians, archives are records which have been naturally and necessarily generated as a product of regular legal, commercial, administrative or social activities – they have been defined as "the secretions of an organism" – rather than those which have been consciously written or created to communicate a particular message to posterity.

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Some articles on archive:

Storefront For Art And Architecture - The Archive Project
... Storefront maintains an archive as an open public resource for anyone interested in experimental art and architecture available by appointment ... A brief version of the archive can be found on-line within Storefront's webpage ...
Archive - Standardization
... The International Council on Archives (ICA) has developed a number of standards on archival description including the General International Standard Archival ... In the United States, ISAD(G) is implemented through Describing Archives A Content Standard, popularly known as "DACS" ...
Algernon Graves - Publications
... from 1760 to 1880, London George Bell and Sons, http//www.archive.org/stream/adictionaryarti00gravgoog#page/n7/mode/1up, retrieved 6 November 2010 Full text ... London Henry Graves Co and George Bell Sons, http//www.archive.org/stream/royalacademyofar01grav#page/n9/mode/2up, retrieved 6 November 2010 ... II Carroll to Dyer, London Henry Graves Co and George Bell Sons, http//www.archive.org/stream/royalacademyofar02grav#page/n9/mode/2up, retrieved 6 November 2010 ...
Hollywood On Trial - Cast
... Walter Bernstein - Himself Alvah Bessie - Himself Lester Cole - Himself Gary Cooper - Himself (archive footage) Henry Daniell - Himself (archive footage) Howard Da Silva - Himself Edward Dmytryk - Himself Will Geer ... Mayer - Himself (archive footage) Joseph McCarthy - Himself (archive footage) Zero Mostel - Himself Otto Preminger - Himself Ronald Reagan - Himself ...

More definitions of "archive":

  • (noun): A depository containing historical records and documents.
    Synonyms: archives

Famous quotes containing the word archive:

    To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. They are of two kinds: the library of published material, books, pamphlets, periodicals, and the archive of unpublished papers and documents.
    Barbara Tuchman (1912–1989)