T. R. Schellenberg, the dean of modern archival enterprise, set a dual objective for the profession. "The end of all archival effort is to preserve valuable records and make them available for use," he wrote. When Schellenberg wrote these words some thirty-five years ago, archivists were oriented primarily toward the materials they worked with and perceived the users of these materials as a relatively small, elite group of scholars, mainly historians.
"The Status of Users in Archival Enterprise,"
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