The most striking feature of the American archival profession in recent years is its ongoing search for identity and for public acceptance as a socially significant profession. Many of the important developments in the field since the early 1980s have either derived from or eventually contributed to this quest for professional identity and recognition. At times this has stirred passionate debates over the nature of American archives, the role of archivists in society, the relationship between archives and other professions, and the education necessary for archivists, among other topics.
Jimerson, Randall C.,
"Archival Priorities: Ten Critical Issues for the Profession,"
Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists
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