By Trevor Livelton
Livelton considers the character of public documents from an archival viewpoint, interpreting suggestions instead of the day-by-day realities with which public files archivists deal. although, his conscientiously reasoned conclusions offer a powerful beginning on which principled instead of ad hoc judgements should be made, and so could be of curiosity to lecturers, scholars and practitioners of archival science.
The writer offers a normal or theoretical view of public files as files made or bought and preserved by means of the sovereign or its brokers within the behavior of governance. This research is illustrated via numerous examples, together with a dialogue of freedom of information.
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