ar·​chi·​val | \är-ˈkī-vəl \

Definition of archival 

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

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archivally \-​və-​lē \ adverb

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The film features archival footage of the royal family, and conversations with Prince Charles and Princess Anne about their mother. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen of the World," 22 Sep. 2018 Simons, Slimane, and Lang, were news-makers in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for hirings, firings, and enormous archive sales, which increased attention to their archival work at the same moment that Casavant was formalizing his collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "David Casavant Is More Than Just an Archivist—Peek Inside His Debut Book," 31 Oct. 2018 Perry Ellis is one of many brands who have recently released archival clothing collections. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How ‘90s Clothing Brands are Using Retro Designs to Entice Millennials," 29 Oct. 2018 Featuring a high ruffle neck, billowing off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a full skirt, the ornate gown is an archival runway look from McQueen's Fall 2013 collection, which was designed by current creative director Sarah Burton. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Gave Us Another Epic Red Carpet Look in Alexander McQueen," 27 Sep. 2018 Using Detroiters' home movies and other archival video and photos, the film aims for an immersive look at Detroit's tumultuous summer of 1967. Detroit Free Press, "For the 51st anniversary of rebellion, a free screening of '12th and Clairmount'," 13 July 2018 This new show brings together a selection of Martin’s paintings and drawings (and one sculpture) that Dietrich owned and bequeathed to the PMA, as well as archival documentation relating to her ICA survey. Edith Newhall,, "In Philly galleries now: Bergstrom bags, a subtle modern master, Fleisher/Ollman's 'Party'," 12 July 2018 Sometimes the leagues will have archival information, like logo design or the thickness of borders. Jeremy Fuchs,, "A Tour of Sports Movie Memorabilia Heaven," 6 July 2018 After cocktails and bites from chef Daniel de la Falaise, guests lingered and checked out archival pieces, celebrating the beauty and lasting impact of Schiaparelli’s designs. Vogue, "Schiaparelli Hosts a Colorful Bash at Its Atelier," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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