The Driving Force Behind the Archival Profession

Courtesy of Penn Law – Biddle Law Library Archives,

One of the discussions we had in my archives and manuscripts course this past spring semester was what we see as the driving force behind the archival profession, why even bother, why it’s important, and what keeps it going.

There is an inherent value in the activities undertaken by human beings, no matter what the source of those activities may be.  The results of these activities are usually represented by some type of documentation, such as written works, pictures, or sound or visual recordings.  Archiving the documents representing human activities is how society eventually “remembers” and ultimately this material provides additional value (secondary value) to future researchers and others.

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