Too often the pressure of the present-day work environment lures archivists into ignoring their professional past ot advancing shortsightedly into the future. To encourage such reflection on the archival enterprise, Provenance includes this section, Fresh Focus. We invite contnl>utors to explore neglected chapters in archival history or to share an original, especially historical, perspective on the current world of archival affairs. Provenance particularly encourages submissions for Fresh Focus from new or student archivists who are, after all, the future of the profession. Following is the second in a series of occasional essays or papers meeting these criteria.