n. (adj., provenancialPRAH-və-nənss, also PROH-və-NAHNSS the origin or source of something information regarding the origins, custody, and ownership of an item or collection


Provenance1 is a fundamental principle of archives, referring to the individual, family, or organization that created or received the items in a collection. The principle of provenance or the respect des fonds dictates that records of different origins (provenance) be kept separate to preserve their context.