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What are archives?

Technically, they are the original, no longer used, records of an organisation or individual which are kept because of their continuing interest and relevance.

Archives come in many forms:

In organisations
(e.g. charities, hospitals, government offices etc).

  • financial or legal records
  • property deeds outlining ownership
  • minutes of meetings
  • admission/discharge records or clinical treatment records
  • key policy files/correspondence
  • patient records

From individuals (e.g. those who have had, or have, leprosy. Also carers, medical researchers, health-care workers, politicians, administrators and those involved in any way). Their archives may include any of the following:

  • letters or notes which are important in that they may be about key events in a career or are evidence of contacts with significant people in the leprosy field
  • papers of importance from committees attended, places visited or contacts made
  • detailed observation records or medical notes
  • photographs of people and places
  • recordings, films or videos, especially of personal interviews

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