Archivists and Records Managers, part 11

At the 1965 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, SAA Fellow and National Archives director Frank Evans delivered a paper about the relationship of archivists and records managers.  He recapped the literature of the previous two decades (much of which has already been cited in this series) and provided this conclusion about the intertwining roles of archival and records management work and the necessity of collaborating with allied professions:

“The interest of the archivist in records management is therefore not only legitimate—it is essential.  Conversely, it is the recognition and full acceptance of his responsibilities in these matters that distinguish the professional records manager.  Like the archivist he too is ultimately responsible to society at large and thus to posterity.

     “Regardless of the particular routes we may travel in our need for professional betterment, we share the common problems of the need for education, training, and closer relations with all of our colleagues in the fields of information and documentation.”


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