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 arts committee estimates the cost of building a proper storage facility and hiring an archivist would be in the millions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicano center’s archives will remain at UC Santa Barbara," 8 Sep. 2019 That’s when a collective of archivists and programmers stepped in and saved the data, enabling several artists to make the content accessible to people online today. Meghan Mcdonough, Quartz, "The early internet is breaking—meet the people saving it," 20 July 2019 Dunn’s wife gave Kellogg’s satchel to the State Historical Society of North Dakota in 1918 after Dunn died, but kept Kellogg’s diary, said Shane Molander, deputy state archivist. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Along with Custer, a Pioneer Press contributor met his end 143 years ago at Battle of the Little Bighorn," 6 July 2019 The documentary also features interviews from a number of experts, including former Birmingham News reporter Solomon Crenshaw and Jim Bagget, the award-winning archivist for the Birmingham Public Library. Shauna Stuart |,, "Forthcoming documentary ‘Iron Grit’ chronicles mayor Richard Arrington Jr.'s rise to power," 22 June 2019 Le Centre d’Art has a close relationship with the Louvre as well, and even sent its archivists to be trained at the French institution. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 25 July 2019 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

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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