What is archive?

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

Hollywood On Trial - Cast
... Lester Cole - Himself Gary Cooper - Himself (archive footage) Henry Daniell - Himself (archive footage) Howard Da Silva - Himself Edward Dmytryk ... Mayer - Himself (archive footage) Joseph McCarthy - Himself (archive footage) Zero Mostel - Himself Otto Preminger - Himself Ronald Reagan - Himself Martin Ritt - Himself Dore ...
Archive - Standardization
... The International Council on Archives (ICA) has developed a number of standards on archival description including the General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G) ... In the United States, ISAD(G) is implemented through Describing Archives A Content Standard, popularly known as "DACS" ...
The Rhythm Section Jazz Band
... is taken from the Paul Sherwood Music Arrangement Archive an archive of over 3,500 arrangements for jazz bands and theater orchestras ... Some of the gifted arrangers represented in this archive include Fletcher Henderson, Horace Henderson, Spud Murphy, Lou Halmy, Don Redman, Joe Glover, Dave Wolpe, Earl ...
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 at ... I Abbayne to Carrington, London Henry Graves Co and George Bell Sons, http//www.archive.org/stream/royalacademyofar01grav#page/n9/mode/2up, retrieved 6 November 2010 ... Henry Graves Co and George Bell Sons, http//www.archive.org/stream/royalacademyofar02grav#page/n9/mode/2up, retrieved 6 November 2010 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "archive":

  • (verb): Put into an archive.
    Synonyms: file away

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)