Do Records Matter?

The bookmark caught my eye.

I picked it up at the Central Washington branch of the Washington State Archives in Ellensburg. It was titled, “Why Records Matter.” And next, “Why is it important to protect records from damage or destruction?”


The book mark listed four categories of reasons for keeping records:

  • Records protect life.
  • Records protect property.
  • Records protect rights.
  • Records are essential to restoring order and resuming operations following a disaster. 

If you’d like to learn all 17 points under those four headings, click to:

I had never heard of the Council of State Archivists, had you? And I had never thought of record keeping in these terms; that little bookmark was a good find for me.