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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For the evening reception at Chow’s studio, Rano wore archival Vivienne Westwood. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Michael Chow's Totally Over-the-Top Wedding Was L.A.'s Hottest Event," 27 Apr. 2019 Using present-day and archival photos, as well as reproductions of period documents, Carla Killough McClafferty chronicles the life stories of six enslaved African-Americans who worked for the first president and his family. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Speaking Plainly About Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 The museum employed deepfake technology by analyzing archival footage of Dalí and digitally superimposing his face over an actor with similar body proportions. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Meet Salvador Dali. Or at Least, a Very Convincing Fake," 10 May 2019 Brooklyn has expanded that show, mixing in more photographs, archival materials, three additional paintings, and Mesoamerican works that resemble those Kahlo and Rivera owned. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist," 9 Feb. 2019 This special profiles the performer through archival clips and new footage, including an interview with Navi, a Michael Jackson impersonator from Trinidad. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Fauda’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’," 24 May 2018 His new film, which premiered in October 2017 at the Chicago International Film Festival, alternates between archival audio clips and interviews with those involved in the experimental city project. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota," 29 Mar. 2018 Their social media slideshow led with a picture of the Queen as a young woman, and included archival shots of her with Harry as a child. Vogue, "How the Royal Family Celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd Birthday," 22 Apr. 2019 In the courtyard, Bikoff has mounted an installation filled with palm trees, glowing neon stage displays, and unique customizations of archival Versace Home classics, specially upholstered in metallic tones and shocking hues. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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