Disorder is a recorder’s worst enemy. Our environment’s tendency to move toward disorder causes invaluable records to tear, discolor, and fade away. Peeking into any file cabinet at a county clerk’s office, for example, one finds a treasure trove of remnants of the past. There might be a piece of 1970 or a sliver of 1933. While documents outlive humans, they will still show signs of age. They don’t exactly have expiration dates, but they can be rendered useless.