The Value of an Archive.
An archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books as you would in a library, people who do research in archives often gather first-hand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.
Archives are important because they provide evidence of activities and tell us more about individuals and institutions. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures.