Definition of archive in English:
1A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people: source materials in local archives [as modifier]: a section of archive film
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- Many public libraries also have local history sections containing archives relating to local musical activities and famous musicians.
- Shot by pioneering film-makers Mitchell & Kenyon, the discovery of this archive collection will rewrite British film history.
- Through personal archives and institutions we compiled about 500 diaries and a few thousand postcards and letters.
1.1The place where historical documents or records are kept: to get into the archives I had to fill in a request form
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- Plans for a ‘joined up service’, with libraries, archives, museums and galleries all together under one roof, have been launched by East Riding Council.
- Col Babbitt and Mrs Zemp were invited to visit Rishworth School and yesterday saw the original Sowerby Parish Registers at the archives in the Central Library.
- The new gallery, with its associated study room and archives, is a £10m joint venture.
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1Place or store (something) in an archive.
- The challenges involved in displaying and archiving information on the web are huge and the move to multimedia presentation is adding to the complexity of the task.
- At present, the collection is archived but not available to the web-browser.
- How do you archive these materials for later reference as well as maximize the material's life expectancy?
1.1 Computing Transfer (data) to a less frequently used storage medium such as magnetic tape, typically external to the computer system and having a greater storage capacity.
- Tape remains a strong contender for long term data archiving and off-site storage.
- Tape is the overwhelming computer medium of choice for archiving.
- You manage your e-mail by archiving it on cheaper storage devices.
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- But there is no denying the authenticity of at least some of the archival documents.
- The world's biggest collection of film archival material about war history is set to be stored in Canberra.
- The Second World War itself is well documented with archival film, photographs and exhibits.