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THE REFERENCE USE OF ARCHIVES

By Clifford K. Shipton

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In this paper the archivist's obligations to his clientele; administrative, scholarly, and other will be discussed, and archivists will be warned of the pitfalls into which we in Cambridge have fallen. There is no question that the bread and butter clientele of a university archive is the administrative officer. Recently there came to my desk, detoured by the congestion of the regular channels, a request for a certain folder from the Comptroller's files for the year 1962/63. We started a boy to the depths of our storage space while they started their office boy for our office. I trust that their paths intersected at the right time and place. This is, of course, records management, pure and simple, but it is the way in which we finance our archives. Some years ago President James B. Conant informed a meeting of administrators that the University budget would have to be cut, and said, "Taking the departments alphabetically, 'Archives'." At which two department heads whom I had never met personall

Year: 2010
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