Twentieth-century archives


Contrary to information in libraries, archive holding consists of unique records. Every document has to be considered as a part of an organic evolution and as a result of an activity of an agency or an entity, and must be archived according to this overall ideology. The administrative routines in public and official organisations have been more and more complex and vast during the century, demanding high professionalism among staff. Appraisal of the never-ending growth of analogue and digital records is today one of the most important tasks for archivists to solve. Databases with personal records demand high levels of juridical competence among the archive staff and archive legislation is as a consequence ...

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