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I was installing a new program onto my Mac recently, and I accidently reinstalled the Macintosh program instead. I found my archived documents but I can't access them. Why can't I access them? How can I access them?
This is my school computer, and I need these documents for my classes right away.
I'll take that to mean that you did an "Archive and Install" of the operating system.

If you can navigate to the archived folder, you can change the permissions on it by selecting it and pressing Apple-I to bring up the Get Info window. On here, you can change ownership and permissions on the file (you might need to enter your password) and apply that to all the subfolders. That way, you should be able to access the files.