repository

Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.

A repository is a place where things are deposited for storage or safekeeping. A repository may be a physical or "virtual" (electronic) space. "Repository" is a broad term that can be used to describe any facility where items are stored and maintained, and is also used to describe such facilities collectively. The Library of Congress and The National Archives are government repositories in the United States.

In genealogy the term is often used in reference to various libraries and archives, and frequently comes into play when documenting research to specify where a source is located. Technically, the researcher's own home may be a repository of home sources. Local libraries, genealogy libraries, state archives, and museums are other commonly used repositories.

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