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Title:History and theory of archival practice
Author(s):Holmes, Oliver W.
Abstract:Knowledge exists in two forms: (1) "active knowledge," meaning that to be found in the brains of living human individuals and therefore available to them at any given moment as bases for actions, and (2) "passive (or potential) knowledge," which exists in the great reservoir of documents in which have been recorded the experiences, observations, thoughts, and discoveries of other men, chiefly those of the past. The custody of this great, and ever increasing, reservoir of passive knowledge is the responsibility of the archivist and the librarian. They must preserve it safely and impartially, and they must ever seek better ways to make it increasingly available to mankind so that it becomes part of the active knowledge by which they are guided.
Issue Date:1965
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Holmes, O.W. (1965) History and theory of archival practice. In R.E. Stevens (ed) University Archives (Papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 1-4, 1964, 11th ser.): 1-21.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (11th : 1964)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-22

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