Whatever the initial purpose of an institution that institution will begin keeping records, then will want to monopolize the record keeping. Mohawk records of their ancestral territories are not likely to be vividly displayed in the Library of Congress. The Vatican archives might have records of the beliefs of a heretic burned eight hundred years ago, but any mention the congregation may hear will be written by priests whose orthodoxy is accepted by the Church.
I just inserted the above into my post on institutional purpose. Now let me confess that the many modules I’ve started on record keeping, initially at Knatz.com (Knatz. com / Teaching / Society / NoHier / DeGate (Deschooling), never matured satisfactorily. But then I’m the guy who founded the Free Learning Exchange, Inc. in NYC in 1970, specifically for the purpose of offering the public a cybernetic digital library for alternate record keeping. Trust Macbeth to keep military records, trust Macbeth to a degree to keep financial records; don’t trust Macbeth to keep truthful financial records, and don’t trust Macbeth to keep records of how he murdered Duncan or how he hired assassins to maintain his throne.
This post could grow and grow. I’ll come back to it, repeatedly.