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n. ~ 1. A collection. - 2. A collection of personal or family documents; personal papers. - 3. Government · Records indicating an individual's identity or status.


Papers1 is used generically to encompass materials in a variety of formats, including manuscripts, typescripts, clippings, photographs. 'Papers' connotes materials in sheets. It is sometimes used in the title of a collection, even though that collection includes bound works such as scrapbooks or diaries, and may even contain even three-dimensional artifacts. - Papers2 can be equally as encompassing in format but connotes materials associated with an individual or family, apart from official records of a business or organization.

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology