By Trevor Livelton
Livelton considers the character of public files from an archival standpoint, examining innovations instead of the day-by-day realities with which public documents archivists deal. although, his rigorously reasoned conclusions offer a powerful origin on which principled instead of ad hoc judgements might be made, and so might be of curiosity to academics, scholars and practitioners of archival science.
The writer offers a common or theoretical view of public documents as records made or bought and preserved by way of the sovereign or its brokers within the behavior of governance. This research is illustrated via various examples, together with a dialogue of freedom of information.
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