Archive Guide Key Concepts

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There are currently 4 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Access point

A name, term, code, or type of information such as the date, by which a set of records can be sorted or searched. For example, in a library book catalog, access points are author, book title, and subject. In a database, access points are any fields you can search, such as name, date, and title.


An organization made up of people and systems responsible for preserving records and documents of enduring value and making them available to a designated community. Archives are sometimes parts of larger organizations, such as universities, public libraries, media centers, or museums.


The practices and decisions that support the preservation, authentication, use, and accessibility of content with enduring value.


The quality of being genuine, not fake or counterfeit, and free from tampering. Authenticity means that an object was actually created by the person represented as its creator, and that it was actually created at the time and place that is represented as its time and place of creation. Video footage that has been manipulated or altered but is represented as if it had not been, for example, is not authentic.

To authenticate a video means to verify the relationship between it and its creator and point of creation. Documentation about who created something, when and where it was created, and the preservation, chain of custody can provide a starting point for this authentication process.

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