from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, kept in, or suitable for archives: "An archival material should have a neutral or slightly alkaline pH; it should also . . . have good aging properties” ( Artist's Magazine).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an archive or archiving.
  • adj. Of a quality suited to the conservational needs of an archive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or contained in, archives or records.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to archives or records; contained in records.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or contained in or serving as an archive


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The neat trick is to connect the uneasy church-and-state issues that dog Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson (who all play themselves in archival footage, thank you) all the way back to the arrival of the first religion-obsessed New World settlers.

    PBS's calm and evenhanded 'God in America'

  • If you haven't carefully stored your Food sections in archival binders -- but really, who hasn't?

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  • If only we could think of some change in archival and communication technology between 1974 and today …

    Matthew Yglesias » Modernize the PRA

  • Two weeks ago, I posted that IDW would be reprinting the Archie newspaper strip in archival hardcovers beginning in 2010.

    Dark Horse Publishing Archie Archives Reprint Project » Comics Worth Reading

  • Prints are offered as limited editions in archival-quality formats at affordable prices.

    Boing Boing

  • Rob Pegoraro: Last month, I had the chance to sit down with a guy keenly interested in long-term archival of data -- Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle.

    Personal Tech Live with Rob Pegoraro

  • Orthodoxy, symbolized by domestic markers of status and respectability derived from European customs, came a generation after initial colonial land claims. 73 Significantly, evidence of this cultural orthodoxy appears in archival sources after a period of contested frontier life.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • The National Archives has information on proposed regulations regarding personal data contained in archival/historical purposes:

    Data Protection and Archival Material « Cork Genealogist

  • The vision of Archivopedia is to offer users the ability to locate or view historical documents and images held in archival, museum, and library repositories around the world in a single search and to encourage professionals, teachers, and students at all levels to use archival documents


  • Updated Dec. 28, 2007 -- Astronomers have identified asteroid 2007 WD 5 in archival imagery.

    NASA Watch: December 2007 Archives


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