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New York University Archives: What is an Archive?

This guide will acquaint you with the resources available at the New York University Archives; inform you how to conduct research using these resources.

Definition of an Archive

The Society of American Archivists website defines archives as

“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.”