1. Authors and filmmakers use archives to become familiar with the people and times about which they are writing. Margaret Atwood, in writing Alias Grace, consulted the medical records of Grace Marks from the Queen Street psychiatric hospital.


accountable acts and creates reliable

evidence of such acts by capturing

records of related/supporting transactions.

Records of business activities


Historians and others interested in history use archives to understand and interpret the past from primary sources. D’Arcy Jenish studied the notebooks and journals of David Thompson, an early explorer, cartographer and trader, when writing Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West. Jeff Shea, a playwright, used the same journals to bring that great explorer to life for his audiences

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