Private archives are archives created in the private sector. The term refers to a rather heterogeneous group of archives with significant internal differences, both in terms of origin, extent and structure.
To an increasingly greater extent, individuals, private organisations and enterprises create archives by means of electronic systems and in digital formats. It can be a great challenge to preserve this electronic archival material.
Private archives are private property. Organisations or private enterprises are not legally bound to preserve their archives or to hand them over to an archives repository. Private individuals are also free to discard their archives, if they wish.