"Glory is acquired by virtue but preserved by letters". Petrarch, Italian scholar and poet, c.13oos.
"The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it". William James, American philosopher and psychologist,1842-1910.
"Of all our national assets, Archive are the most precious; they are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilisation". Arthur G. Doughty, Dominion Archivist, 1904-1935.
'The Choice', a short poem about archives. 'It depends on those who pass Whether I am a tomb or treasure Whether I speak or am silent The choice is yours alone. Friend, do not enter without desire". Paul Valéry. French poet, essayist and philosopher.
"People must know the past to understand the present and face the future". Nellie Letitia McClung, Canadian feminist, politician, author, and social activist.
"The preservers of history are as heroic as its makers". Pat M. Neff, historian, Texas Governor and President of Baylor University. The words are inscribed on the Pat Neff Hall at Baylor University.
"The Archivist's career...is one of service. He exists in order to make other people's work possible, unknown people for the most part and working very possibly on lines equally unknown to him, some of them in the quite distant future and upon lines as yet unpredictable. His Creed, the Sanctity of Evidence; his task, the … Continue reading The English Archivist