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Primary Sources in Archives & Special Collections: What is an Archives?

Identifying and locating primary sources in the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

Archives

What is an Archives?

Archives, sometimes called archival repositories, contain one-of-a-kind materials such as diaries, letters, and photos that are preserved because these materials have long-term value for research. In the Purdue Archives & Special Collections we collect the papers of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni as well as records produced by university departments.