dark archives

n. (also dark archive) a repository that stores archival resources for future use but is accessible only to its custodian a collection of materials preserved for future use but with no current access


When resources in a dark archives become accessible, they are no longer considered dark. The term dark archives is also used in libraries for collections of online serial publications and databases that are held by an organization other than the publisher and kept in case they are no longer available from the publisher.