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Public records : a study in archival theory Livelton, Trevor


This thesis provides a theoretical examination of the nature of public records. The study begins by outlining a view of archival theory as knowledge resulting from the analysis of ideas. This form of analysis is first applied to the concept of records, and then to the narrower concept of public records. The result is a view of public records as documents made or received and preserved by the sovereign or its agents in the legitimate conduct of governance.

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