I don't do photography but I have done a lot of scanning and retouching and also read a number of books on photography to learn about things like types of light. (I've scanned and/or retouched over 1,500 yearbook pages, after finding they don't photograph well.)
The one objection I have to this book is that THE TITLE IS TOO NARROW. I have never heard specifically of "archive" photography, so perhaps that is a specialized term, like "macro photography" or "low light photography".
This book covers a LOT of things that are MUCH broader than just "archival", "oversized photos", "curled documents" and "heirloom treasures". A lot of this is professional-level techniques that are cheap and easy to implement -- if you know about them.
One of the most difficult problems amateur "occasional" photographers have is avoiding glaring light. Clark shows CHEAP AND EASY ways to avoid lighting and background problems, using readily available objects such as white poster board, sheets, and similar objects. He points out that the same techniques that apply to "archive" photography also apply for things like photographing objects to sell on eBay.
If you're new to photography, I suggest you get a basic book on how to use a modern digital camera and basics like focal length, different types of lighting, etc. Once you're familiar with those, DEFINITELY GET THIS BOOK. Even if you're not doing "archival" photography you'll find LOADS of useful information.