Learned about this on our free walking tour today.. Definitely a good read.
Would it be possible to conceive organized government without records of its acts, its laws, its compacts, its intercourse with other governments and with its own citizens… A government without archives would be something like a warrior without weapons, a physician without medicines, a farmer without seeds, an artisan without tools. Public records are the solid ground on which the statesman can tread with security in the incessant toil of conducting the affairs of a nation. They are the silent, impartial, reliable and eternal witness that bears testimony to the toils, the misfortunes, and the growth and the glories of people.
Richardo J. Alfaro, Former President of Panama
… Using this quote in my archiving paper.