Archivists are a rare breed. Those drawn to lore most often become wizards, while those with a predilection for divine magic are more likely to become clerics. Archivists typically emerge in large cities where they can research easily, or in areas with old ruins that they can study.
Archivists are rare among any race, but some are more common than others. Elves and dwarves have the time to study the mysteries, but dwarves find it more distasteful. Humans rarely have the education to pursue the studies, while halflings have trouble finding the drive. Some gnomes pursue the archival of lore, but are slightly less inclined than elves. Monstrous races rarely ever pursue the path of the archivist, but those that do can be very formidable.