Quotable History

“Archives are writings that have any historical importance, and national archives are those records that may be useful to one in writing a country’s history or of any particular phase of its past, not merely the account of wars and the actions of politicians, but the actual life of the people; and to afford this information the records must be many and of varied interests.”

— Hugh Wright, F.R.A.S. (1918), “National Archives — Their Meaning and Preservation,” Read before the Royal Australian Historical Society, July 30, 1918. Published Sydney (1918): 425-442, p. 425. Free online at Royal Australian Historical Society, facsimile at HathiTrust

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