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a person responsible for preserving, organizing, or servicing archival material.
Contemporary Examples

He was an American archivist who sought to keep the American musical tradition alive even when it was under assault.
‘Dirt Farmer,’ Levon Helm’s Overlooked Gem David Masciotra April 18, 2012

At the library, archivist Michael Stephens says Romney may even end up with his own display case, right beside the one for George.
Mitt Romney’s British Mormon Ancestors Mike Giglio January 30, 2012

She even applied for a job as an archivist for the Girl Scouts of America.
Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD? Kai Ma January 12, 2009

Historical Examples

He was also archivist and then librarian of the city of Frankfort.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2 Various

This from a man whose working powers astonished the old Dutch archivist, Groen van Prinsterer, means a good deal.
Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

When the leaden coffin was soldered, six seals were placed upon it, five by cardinals, and one by the archivist.
Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2 Francis Marion Crawford

As archivist of Antwerp he made use of his opportunities by writing a history of Flemish letters.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4 Various

(corresponding and recording secretaries) and the archivist, who had charge of the archives.
Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards

On the morrow, about noontide, Camus the archivist is busy ‘verifying their powers;’ several hundreds of them already here.
The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

The French, too, have invented a profession unknown in England—that of archivist.
Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards

a person in charge of archives, their collection, and cataloguing

1753, from Medieval Latin or Italian archivista or French archiviste (see archives).


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  • Archivolt

    a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening. Historical Examples The meaning of the sculpture in the archivolt was not clear to me, and seemed to refer to some legend. Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain George Edmund Street archivolt, the series of […]

  • Archly

    in an or roguish manner. Historical Examples “La voila,” said he, archly, as he pointed with his thumb to the wooden effigy of Liberty above his head. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 1. No 1, June 1850 Various “He won’t suffer for it, I’ll be bound,” said Mrs. Bradshaw, archly. Ship’s Company, The Entire Collection […]

  • Archness

    roguishness; sauciness. Historical Examples Her archness was not bold nor unwomanly, and her vivacity was well within the bounds of refinement and good taste. Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang There came an archness into her look that inflamed me the more. The Crossing Winston Churchill We realized all the mingled coquetry and feeling and […]

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