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archival science

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n. ~ A systematic body of theory that supports the practice of appraising, acquiring, authenticating, preserving, and providing access to recorded materials.

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(Duranti and MacNeil 1996, p. 47) Archival science, which emerged out of diplomatics in the nineteenth century, is a body of concepts and methods directed toward the study of records in terms of their documentary and functional relationships and the ways in which they are controlled and communicated.