Archival bond

The archival bond is a concept in archival theory that has the same archival record as the other records. These bonds are a core component of each individual record and are necessary for transforming a document into a record, as a result of which it acquires a meaning and through its interrelationships with other records. [1] [2]


The concept of the archival bond is one of Luciana Duranti’s first thoughts on the concept of the archival bond , along with Heather MacNeil . [3] The concept of the archival bond emerges from the fact that electronic records are not physically arranged like traditional records. For traditional, analog records, their bond is implicit in their arrangement. But for electronic records, this bond must be made explicit due to the lack of a single sequential order of records in a digital environment.

The Intermediate Autonomy of Electronic Systems (InterPARES) project [4] and can be found in the InterPARES glossary. [5]

As Duranti notes, the archival bond is not to be confused with the broader term “context” as context exists independent of a record while “the archival bond is an essential part of the record, which would not exist without it.” [6]


  1. Jump up^ Duranti, Luciana (1997). “The Archival Bond”. Archives and Museum Informatics . 11 : 213-218.
  2. Jump up^ Pearce-Moses, Richard (2012). A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology, Entry for Archival Bond . Society of American Archivists . Retrieved 11 July 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ Duranti, Luciana; Heather MacNeil (1996). “The Protection of the Integrity of Electronic Records”. Archivaria . 42 : 46-67.
  4. Jump up^ “The International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems” . Archived from the original on 3 January 2013 . Retrieved 19 January 2013 .
  5. Jump up^ “The InterPARES Glossary” (PDF) . Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016 . Retrieved 19 January 2013 .
  6. Jump up^ Duranti. “The Archival Bond”: 217.

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