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Spotlight On A Discipline: An Introduction To Archival Practices, Rachel Moats Apr 2018

Spotlight On A Discipline: An Introduction To Archival Practices, Rachel Moats

International Social Science Review

Archives are often met with confusion and the assumption that they operate in similar ways to libraries. The differences between libraries and archives are vast, but once understood, make perfect sense. Drawing on the writings of archival scholars, my own knowledge, and the desire to explain the nuances of archives, this essay aims to educate the reader on archival theory and practices, explain the differences between libraries and archives, and demystify archives so that they are more accessible.