The Archives are a bank of computers dedicated to storing any information you may acquire during your journey. This data store will record anything you have read (with the exception of certain Pilot Wave Radio communications), and it can be read back at any time.
Data stored can include short stories, technical manuals, interview transcripts, newscasts, public information bulletins, and just about anything else the people of Rodina and Earth say or write down.
Data comes in sets, with one or more parts to each set. As you gather more parts in a given set, somehow it seems you are always lucky enough to get the next in the set, so that you never have to skip the middle of a story. The scientific cause of this is unknown.