|Course:||1: Archives and Archivists|
|Lesson:||Lesson Four: What Is an Archives?|
|Topic:||Who is in the "Archives business"?|
Who Is in the "Archives Business"?
An organization may have its own archives responsible for the historical records of that organization.
A state or local government may have its own archives responsible for the historical records created by that government.
A public library may have a distinct historical records program that preserves local historical records.
An historic house museum may have historical records from the families that lived there.
A county historical society may have historical records--but also books and artifacts reflecting the history of the county.
What Is the Business of An Archives?
Archives are found in many different contexts: public and private; individual and organizational; profit and non-profit; small and large; national and local. No matter what the circumstances, all archival programs have the same fundamental goals.
The Weatherford College Library Archives and Special Collections houses the college's historical materials, Parker County histories, histories of Texas counties, information on ranching in the Southwest, and old photographs.
“Where History Begins” (PDF) Report available at www.coshrc.org.