Archives commonly found in museums can be divided into four categories:
- Records and documents acquired for the museum’s collections by gift, purchase or loan, irrespective of their format or medium.
- Any records deposited in the museum by statutory authority.
- Documentary material associated with the museums’ collections.
- The museum’s own administrative records, files, etc., illustrating its history and activities as an institution.
This code of practice aims to give museums and galleries guidance on administering their archives in accordance with professional standards.
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