The English Archivist

“The Archivist’s career…is one of service. He exists in order to make other people’s work possible, unknown people for the most part and working very possibly on lines equally unknown to him, some of them in the quite distant future and upon lines as yet unpredictable. His Creed, the Sanctity of Evidence; his task, the conservation of every scrap of Evidence attaching to the Documents committed to his charge; his Aim to provide, without prejudice or thought, for all who wish to known the Means of Knowledge”.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson, ‘The English Archivist: A New Profession’, p. 38.



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