From the Charlotte County Historical Center:
Distinguishing Characteristics of Archives, Museums and Libraries
In an archives facility, historical materials are properly organized, stored, conserved and preserved permanently for future generations. Materials include property records, court records, tax records, vital records, local history, genealogy and family papers, special collections and manuscripts, plans and maps, photographs, micrographics and electronic records. In addition, a public archives facility also provides public access, so historical materials will be scanned and the public will be provided computer access to these digitized materials.
An archives center is different from a museum or a library by its nature and use. Some distinguishing characteristics are:
Archives = a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved.
Museum = an institution devoted to procurement, care, study and display of objects of lasting interest or value
Library = a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials are kept for use but not for sale
How are Archives different from Museums and Libraries?
Helping to preserve the history of the greater Englewood, Florida area.