n.AR-kə-vəst, less commonlyar-KIGH-vist a professional with expertise in the management of records of enduring value an individual responsible for records of enduring value (capitalized and usually preceded by the) the chief official responsible for the archives program of a nation, state, territory, or institution


Archivists’ activities typically include appraisal, acquisition, description, preservation, and the provision of access to records of enduring value and/or management of an archival repository. Professional archivists adhere to the principles of respect de fonds, original order, and collective control with the goal of maintaining records’ context and authenticity.