archives (n.)
c. 1600, "records or documents preserved as evidence," from French archif (16c., Modern French archives), from Late Latin archivum (plural archiva) "written records," also the place where they are kept, from Greek ta arkheia "public records," plural of arkheion "town hall, public building," from arkhe "government," literally "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon). The sense of "place where public records and historical documents are kept" in English is from 1640s.