What Are Archives?

The word "archives" can have three meanings:

  1. all of the records made or received by a person, business, or organization;
  2. a department responsible for archival records; or
  3. 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Archives normally consist of unpublished records.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".    

Grandma’s Attic

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.