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of or relating to or valuable records; contained in or comprising such or records.
Contemporary Examples

The entire film consists of archival materials edited together into an impressionistic portrait of Nixon and his closest aides.
‘Our Nixon’ Producers Respond to Claims the Documentary Is ‘False’ Penny Lane, Brian L. Frye August 26, 2013

The archival record reveals the magnitude of a deception that undermined American efforts to avoid bloodshed.
Absent American Pressure Ali Gharib September 16, 2012

In subsequent conversations, Lehrer stonewalled, saying he had been given access to archival material by Dylan manager Jeff Rosen.
How a Freelance Journalist Unraveled Jonah Lehrer’s Lies Howard Kurtz July 31, 2012

And on his website he has posted a number of archival videos of him engaging in egregious behavior.
Jimmy Connors Memoir Shows He Wasn’t Misunderstood, He Was Just a Jerk James Zug May 13, 2013

It requires months—years, even—of archival research and humdrum detective work.
Old Nazis May Be Dying Off But Nazi Hunting Continues to Thrive Guy Walters August 13, 2013

Historical Examples

Here a great deal of archival work has been already accomplished.
The Ontario Archives Alexander Fraser

It is destroyed as a religion, it exists only as an archival science.
The Religious Spirit of the Slavs (1916) Nikolai Velimirovic

Transcriber’s Note: This errata prepared by the author/translator is included for historical and archival interest only.
My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti

The writer of this paper hopes soon to present archival proof of the far-reaching results of the seizure of Silesia.
The Russian Revolution; The Jugo-Slav Movement Alexander Petrunkevitch, Samuel Northrup Harper, Frank Alfred Golder, Robert Joseph Kerner

Such pamphlets and broadsides do appear in American archival collections.
Old English Patent Medicines in America George B. Griffenhagen


1800; see archives + -al (1). Related: Archivally.


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