ETYM French archives, pl., Latin archivum, archium, from Greek, government house, archives, from archos the first place, government.
Contains historical records and documents; SYN. archives.
Collection of historically valuable records, ranging from papers and documents to photographs, films, videotapes, and sound recordings.
The National Archives Hall in Washington, DC contains the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The National Archives and Records Service is responsible for preserving federal records and for administration of the presidential libraries, usually established in the incumbent’s birthplace.
ETYM French chancellerie, Late Lat. cancellaria, from Latin cancellarius. Related to Chancellor, Chancellery.
1. A court with jurisdiction in equity; SYN. court of chancery.
2. An office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records.
Church office dealing with legal matters and archives.