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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The cost of making digital copies has been prohibitive until the past year, when archivists explored undertaking a partnership project that could make digital scans possible. Paula Allen,, "Preservation progress is slow for ‘controversial’ film at San Antonio’s HemisFair ’68," 6 July 2019 History is a mosaic of individual accounts of past events — not necessarily the most trenchant or authoritative accounts, but simply the ones that archivists could find. Alex Kingsbury,, "You’ve got mail — for now," 10 May 2018 Erin Overbey, the archive editor of, has been an archivist at the magazine since 1995. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: A Night at the Theatre," 30 June 2019 The anniversary program was chaired by Joan Parker, the society’s archivist who served as its president between 2001 and 2004 and again from 2007 to 2012. Sergio Carmona,, "Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami celebrates 30th anniversary," 25 June 2019 Many homes on Lake Michigan were built between 1900 and the 1930s as weekend retreats for prominent Chicagoans, says Arthur Miller, an emeritus archivist at Lake Forest College. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "What’s It Take to Sell a Home on Chicago’s Lake Michigan? Patience," 21 Feb. 2019 She was found out after archivists from the German city of Stralsund read the blog and looked into Hingst’s biography. Toby Axelrod,, "German historian stripped of award for faking a family history of suffering in Holocaust," 4 June 2019 Since launching the Yeezy label in 2014, Kanye West has filled his studio with plenty of young creatives, like archivist David Casavant and stylist Ursina Gysi. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kanye West is Launching a Fashion Grant for Young Designers," 31 May 2019 After these tragic events, archivists face the task of documenting mementos by cleaning, photographing, and storing them for future display. Adriana Gomez Licon, The Christian Science Monitor, "Parkland sets in motion a plan to remember and preserve artifacts from shooting site," 8 Mar. 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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