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By preserving unique written records from the past, archives contribute to the protection not only of the cultural and historical heritage, but also of the identity and basic values of the community to which they belong. The archival records were and still are preserved for protection of individual and collective rights and interests, but they have also gained enormous cultural importance over time.  It is essential that archives provide to the public an immediate and reliable insight into the past to encourage research and to contribute to realization of basic values of democratic society – public rights, transparency and accountability.