Archives are created by institutions. Ones with budgets and professors who have spent hours of their lives to create these archives. They find a subject and compile all available information into one place so that all can appreciate the material. “The archive preserves and reserves, protects and patrols, regulates and represses. The architecture of the archive and the sentinels who control access to its interior suggest that the conservation and transmission of knowledge has been, at least historically, the prerogative of a few chosen agents, of a coterie of privileged insiders.”
Every archive we were presented with had a different subject matter, set up, and regulator. But even with all of these differences all of the archives were available to everyone. From what I could tell there wasn’t an elitist aspect that barred some individuals from utilizing the resource. Yes, those outside of academia would have no use for the Forget Me Not: a hypertexual archive of Ackermann’s 19th C. Literary Annuals but they were still available to them. The only thing required was an understanding of how to navigate the archive which many of them provided. Archives are constantly evolving but their purpose is the same. Archives are put together to bring information into one place and this ability to streamline the search for information is present in all of these archives.