Recently I happened upon a great, brief post about the importance of the archivists: Keepers of the Flame, from Under the Fig Tree blog. It was a brief salute to the archivist’s role in nourishing history – “True, archivists do not generate money for their institutions. But what they do generate — and sustain and nourish — is a vibrant sense of history, without which the broader community is impoverished in ways that go well beyond the contours of a budget.”
Do archivists generate wealth for an institution? Directly, usually no. Is an institution wealthier because of their contribution? Absolutely.
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