National libraries and archives from early modern times to 1900


The Renaissance period was the starting-point for establishing more developed libraries and archives. The modernised administration needed information about the resources available, about the citizens and what was happening around the nation. Gutenberg’s invention facilitated the dissemination of information to separate parts of the domains. The growing mass of records had to be taken care of in a professional way; ordinances for archive administration were introduced. The printers were forced to deliver their products to the central government for approval by the king. The legal deposit of printed information was seen as an efficient way to achieve this control. Later ...

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