What are Archives?
Have you ever wondered who used to live in your house or what the original price was? Are you interested in researching the works of a writer, an artist, or a photographer? Have you always wanted to research your family’s history? Archives hold the answers to these, and many other questions!
An archives works to acquire, preserve, and make available material collected under the terms of a particular mandate - whether that be to document a community or business, to reflect government policies, or many other reasons. Archival evidence is based around the concept of a record. Collecting records makes an archives different from a library, which collects published items, like books; or a museum, which collects artefacts, like statues, medals or other objects.
There are many types of archives serving a variety of groups, including:
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