An institution established for the purpose of permanent retention and archival processing of records with permanent value, and to ensure their use in accordance with their designated purpose.
public archives: an archives repository maintained by a public agency which carries out archival tasks – both scientific and administrative – related to undestroyable public records;
open private archives: an institution established for the permanent retention of records with lasting value, which are owned or possessed by a natural person or an agency fulfilling other than public duties, which meets the requirements laid down in Section 30, subsection (2).

Act LXVI of 1995 on public records, public archives, and the protection of private archives