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archival science


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

(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.