ar·​chi·​vist | \ ˈär-kə-vist How to pronounce archivist (audio) , -ˌkī-\

Definition of archivist

: a person who has the job of collecting and storing the materials in an archive

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Bailey saved up $7,000 for her trip from two years of working as an archivist, digitizing family albums, and as a part-time nanny in her neighborhood. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 And whether the bots find something or a dedicated amateur archivist does, the rest of us can simply appreciate the ability to find content like, oh, the original Ars Technica mission. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 Then there’s the wildly popular Veteranas and Rucas Instagram account, a tribute to the women of the SoCal backyard party scene of the 1990s, curated by artist and archivist Guadalupe Rosales. Carmen Maria Machado, Vogue, "A New Generation is Taking on L.A.’s Latinx Beauty Rituals," 13 Feb. 2019 The facility accommodates some 400 visiting researchers per year and another 2,000 off-site; the archivists have also worked with several other prominent families to help organize their papers. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 For the archivists, however, there was nothing particularly high-tech about saving the images. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Saving Aberdeen history after museum fire, one photo and VHS tape at a time," 16 July 2018 Now, as Adrienne Samuels Gibbs of Chicago magazine reports, digital archivists for the black legacy press are teaming up with Google Arts & Culture to ensure that the Defender’s journalism is preserved for many years to come. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Archives of Historic Black Newspapers Are Going Digital," 11 June 2018 Sullivan works as a records manager and archivist for Boston police, but is undertaking the project on her own . Danny Mcdonald,, "Chronicling ‘the most significant event’ in the history of Boston police," 8 June 2018 After these tragic events, archivists face the task of documenting mementos by cleaning, photographing and storing them for future display., "Preserving mementos from Stoneman Douglas shooting," 8 Mar. 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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