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Abstract

The central archival concern is the preservation of the record and access to that record. If archivists wish to be taken seriously as professionals, they must actively participate in resolving the conflict between the public's right of access to part of that record and the right of the individual to privacy and the protection of confidentiality. Having this in a code of ethics is only a first step. Resolution of this conflict is made necessary by research in current history, the size of twentieth century collections, and the data being collected in state, federal, and private data banks.

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