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Introduction to Archives

(also archive), n. ~ 1. Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control; permanent records. In the vernacular, 'archives' is often used to refer to any collection of documents that are old or of historical interest, regardless of how they are organized; in this sense, the term is synonymous with permanent records. Taken from the https://www2.archivists.org/glossary/terms/a/archives

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Articles on What Defines an Archives?

Article | What are Archives? by Arthur Leavitt

Article | The Spirit of Total Archives: Seeking a Sustainable Archival System by Laura Millar

Guide | Aboriginal Archives Guide by ACA

Book | Archives: Principles and practices By Laura A. Millar


Professional Ethics and knowledge of an archivist

Article | The Development of Ethics in Archival Practice by David E. Horn

Declaration | United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Protocols | Protocols for Native American Archival Materials By First Archivist Circle

Code of Ethics | ICA Archivist Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics | ACA Archivist Code of Ethics

Act | Yukon Archives Act

Blog | What do Archivists do All Day? by PAMA

Blog | so, what exactly does an archivist do? by anthroarchivist

Frank Upwards Lifecycle Continuum Model


Understanding Professional Jargon & More

Glossary | The ASA Archives Terminology

Glossary | A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology by SAA [PDF]

Article | Coming Full Circle? by Rita-Sophia Mogyorosi

Universal Declaration on Archives by UNESCO & ICA