Course:1: Archives and Archivists
Lesson:Lesson Four: What Is an Archives?
Topic:Lesson Four Summary

Lesson Four Summary

Key points to remember:

Archives can be defined in three ways:

  1. Historical records collections
  2. Physical facilities
  3. Organizations

Although archives may vary widely in size of collection, scope of activities, and funding, they have as their mission:

  • Preservation and availability of historical records
  • Providing context and information about history and cultural heritage


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