“Unlike libraries, archives don’t organize individual items by subject matter” “Archives primarily collect records”. “Once archivists have arranged and described records, they become an accessible part of the human story“.
“Documentary trails – Records accumulated over a person’s life, or over the period an organization functions, reveal even more about human activity. Patterns and interconnections between records shed light on how a person lived, or on how an organization carried out its business”.
“The whole body of records is more than the sum of its parts. In fact, a lot of what we can learn from an individual record is actually related to other records around it. If individual records are footprints, groups of records are like trails of footprints showing routes and detours”.