What does archive mean?
The definition of archive
Ar”chive, n.; pl. Archives.
Etym: [F. archives, pl., L. archivum, archium, fr. Gr. Archi-, pref.]

1 pl.
The place in which public records or historic documents are kept. Our words . . . . become records in God’s court, and are laid up in his archives as witnesses. Gov. of Tongue.
2 pl.
Public records or documents preserved as evidence of facts; as, the archives of a country or family. [Rarely used in sing.] Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom explored press. Lamb.

— Registers; records; chronicles.