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

Examples of archivist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The people that archivist David Carlson helps span a wide range of races and ethnicity, occupations and ages. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio archivist helps residents discover community, family history," 20 Jan. 2020 John Slate, City Hall’s official archivist, told me Thursday. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "West Dallas ‘landmarks’ tied to Bonnie and Clyde hide in plain sight -- and face an uncertain fate," 10 Jan. 2020 The move prompted complaints from marchers, historians, and other archivists. Michael Wines,, "The Women’s March, Year 4: Broader issues and more controversy," 18 Jan. 2020 Around the world, institutions and archivists conserve paintings, sculptures, and documents like the Magna Carta and US Constitution. Chuck Squatriglia, Popular Science, "Inside the extraordinary experiment to save the Stradivarius sound," 10 Jan. 2020 Respected archivist and historian Brad Sparks explained in a 2016 report that Blue Book continued to receive reports after that date and wasn’t actually shuttered until January 30th, 1970. Mj Banias, Popular Mechanics, "50 Years Ago, the Air Force Tried to Make UFOs Go Away. It Didn't Work.," 17 Dec. 2019 The library hosts Granby Gets Street-Wise, an entertaining and informative look back at town history when the town archivist and other members of Salmon Brook Historical Society reveal the stories behind how various town roads were named., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 11 Nov. 2019 Presented by Sandra Yates, archivist & special collections librarian at the McGovern Historical Center in the Texas Medical Center Library. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 8-14," 7 Nov. 2019 Thanks to Phil Nikel, Michael Randow, Chuck Sarratt, Norbert Schneider, and Pat Shoemaker and to David Carlson, Bexar County archivist, and other staff at the County Clerk’s office who followed up on these and other leads. Paula Allen,, "Complex route leads to simple reason for San Antonio road’s name," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of archivist

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Archivist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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