An archives is a place where people go to find information. But rather than gathering information from books as you would in a library, people who do research in archives often gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.
Archives - and the professional archivists who work in them - make sure that all important records will be available for research by generations to come. To help preserve materials, archivists store archived records in acid-free folders within acid-free boxes that are placed in dark spaces with consistent temperature and humidity.
Archives come in all shapes and sizes. There are national archives, state archives, city archives, community archives, business archives, and university archives. Trevecca's archives is located on the ground level of Waggoner Library and stores documents and artifacts of significance in Trevecca's history and the Church of the Nazarene in the Southeast. The main display room is open on weekdays, but to access other materials, contact Andrea Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1798.
*Information adapted from "What is an Archives?" document available at http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month