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Archivearchives (YouTube Channel)


archive : a repository or collection especially of information — Merriam-Webster   See also OneLook


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Dictionary of Archives Terminology (Society of American Archivists)


Archive is an accumulation 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. Professional archivists and historians generally understand archives to be records that have been naturally and necessarily generated as a product of regular legal, commercial, administrative, or social activities. In general, archives consist of records that have been selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value. Archival records are normally unpublished and almost always unique, unlike books or magazines for which many identical copies exist. This means that archives are distinct from libraries with regard to their functions and organization, although archival collections can often be found within library buildings. — Wikipedia

Archives (Encyclopædia Britannica)

What are Archives (Society of American Archivists)

Archives 101 (Lois Hamill)

Finding Aid is a document containing information about a collection of records. Finding aids often consist of a documentary inventory and description of the records, their source, and their structure. It serves the purpose of locating specific information within a collection. Finding aids in the 19th and 20th centuries were paper documents, but now they can be created in electronic formats. The standard machine-readable format for manuscript collection finding aids is Encoded Archival Description. — Wikipedia

CU Boulder Libraries (YouTube Channel)
CU Boulder Libraries (Official Website)

How to Read a Finding Aid (Purdue Libraries)




The History of Archives: The State of the Discipline (Elizabeth Hale, JSTOR)

Bibliography of American Archival History (Archival History Section of the Society of American Archivists)


ArchiveGrid includes over 7 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,400 archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies. — Archive Grid, OCLC

Archives (ArchiveGrid, OCLC)


DDC: 025 Library and Archival Science (Library Thing)
Subject: Archives (Library Thing)

Subject: Archives (Open Library)

LCC: CD 950 – Archives (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Archives (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: CD 950 – Archives (Library of Congress)
Subject: Archives (Library of Congress)

Subject: Archives (WorldCat)


Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (Laura Schmidt, Society of American Archivists)


Learning About and Creating Student Archives (Marissa Vassari & Marina Lombardo, Rockefeller Archive Center, OER Commons)

Directory of Archival Education (Society of American Archivists)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



A person who works in archives is called an archivist.The physical place of storage can be referred to as an archive (more usual in the UK), an archives (more usual in the USA), or a repository. — Wikipedia

CareerOneStop, YouTube Channel (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)
CareerOneStop, Official Website (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)

Archivists (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers (Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

So You Want to Be an Archivist (Society of American Archivists)


International Council on Archives (ICA)
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA)

Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada (Society of American Archivists)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)


ICA Newsletters (International Council on Archives)
The American Archivist (Society of American Archivists)
Archival Science: International Journal on Recorded Information
Archives (JSTOR)
Archive (NPR Archives)


Archives (ISBNdb)


National Archives and Records Administration (Official Website)
National Archives and Records Administration (Wikipedia)


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Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Preservation Stewardship
History Collection (Classification)
Museum Objects (CCO)
Archive Records (EAD)
Library Resources (DDC, LCC)



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