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Archive documents   Tags: archives,  patrimonial documents,  sources  

Understanding the concept of archive ● Identifying the different types of archives ● Discovering a few tools to identify and spot an archive document
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • Accession  
  • Archive collection  
  • Archives  
  • Archives item  
  • Article  
  • County council archives  
  • Current archives  
  • DTD EAD  
  • Frame of ranking  
  • Gift  
  • Intermediary archives  
  • ISAD(G)  
  • National archives  
  • Paleography  
  • Permanent archives  
  • Shelf number  

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A unique document, the archive document reflects an activity produced at a given period of time by a public or private body.

Archive documents vary in nature (scientific, legal, administrative, medical archives…) and may take various shapes (print, sound, manuscript, and graph).

The preservation and sharing of archives are placed under by strict legal regulations defined in the French property code. Be they hard copies or in digital format, archives represent a crucial historical source for the scientific community.

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To cite this guide

Moro, Séverine. Bougé-Grandon, Dominique. "Archive documents". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, 2010 (last
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