What Are Archives?
The word "archives" can have three meanings:
- all of the records made or received by a person, business, or organization;
- a department responsible for archival records; or
- a building which houses archival records.
Archives normally consist of UNPUBLISHED records. Everyone actually has their own archives at home. All of a person’s photographs, home movies, diaries, journals, correspondence, or even bank statements can make up an individual’s archives, also called "fonds".
To learn more about the archives, please play Grandma's Attic, a game created by the City of Greater Sudbury Archives and funded by FedNor to teach students of all ages the difference between libraries, museums, and archives.