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The evolution of archives and the national archives in Latin America

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posted on 2018-07-05, 15:08 authored by Lucy Goncalves Fontes
Archives began when man first started to write and archival repositories were often found in archaeological excavations. Modern archives started after the French Revolution and are a nineteenth century achievement. The twentieth century, however, has brought revolutionary changes to the archival world: new materials, new techniques, together with new problems. Archives have re-assumed their pre-nineteenth century administrative role and re-established the link with record-producing agencies: modern records management and records centres have appeared on the scene. A wider public have started to use archival records. Archives have become information agencies. In developing countries, however, the economical difficulties that affect all aspects of life also affect archives. Governments with more urgent matters to solve do not give enough attention to these institutions. Archives are usually under-staffed, under-funded, lack adequate buildings, equipment and trained professionals. [Continues.]


Brazil, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES). Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brazil).



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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.


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