ar·​chi·​val | \ är-ˈkī-vəl How to pronounce archival (audio) \

Definition of archival

: of, relating to, contained in, suitable for, or constituting archives

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archivally \ -​və-​lē How to pronounce archivally (audio) \ adverb

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According to Deadline, the series commissioned 120 hours of interviews from more than 40 contributors, archival news footage, and reenactments. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Who Are Madeleine McCann's Parents? What to Know About Kate and Gerry McCann," 14 Mar. 2019 Just like the first round of Memphis, there’s a time limit to the Postmodern revival—and relying on the same pool of recycled archival images and objects is getting tired, y’all. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 The film, directed by Colin Barnicle of Brooklyn, New York, is framed around Taylor’s six-day race, using a mix of archival images and film to animate the long-ago story. Todd Balf, Outside Online, "Why Haven't You Heard of Marshall "Major" Taylor?," 19 Apr. 2018 This leaves room to play, as Nirui has done, with archival advertising material, and also allows for commentary and humor (ironic or otherwise), which is an important part of this artist’s layered work. Vogue, "You Won’t Believe What Ava Nirui Dreamed Up for Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018 The possession of archival materials is important: old letters, scrapbooks, photo albums. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 As evidenced by a roomful of archival material — correspondence, snapshots, exhibition announcements — such welcoming informality pervaded McHugh's enterprise. Leah Ollman,, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 The font’s designers explain that Stack is the result of years of research into archival material. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever new font is inspired by brick masonry," 7 June 2018 One such archival audio recording captures Bernstein’s June 1970 address to the students at the opening of that summer’s Tanglewood season. Jeremy Eichler,, "Tanglewood toasts Leonard Bernstein in a summer-long tribute," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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