Welcome

Welcome to the archivefutures research network, an international network of scholars and archivists engaged in speculative and theoretically informed  considerations of  archived manuscripts and personal papers.  This research network is coordinated by Maryanne Dever (University of Technology Sydney) and Linda Morra (Bishop’s University, Canada). This site provides information about network activities and also serves to provide a noticeboard for events, developments […]

New book: Archival Futures

New from Facet Publishing: Archival Futures edited by Caroline Brown “draws on the contributions of a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Firmly rooted in current professional debate and scholarship, Archival Futures offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and […]

Read: Critical Archival Studies

This essay does some very important and much needed work naming and defining “critical archival studies”. It was published in 2017 in the online journal Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. In this essay Michelle Caswell, Ricardo Punzalan and T-Kay Sangwand highlight how “critical archival studies broadens the field’s scope beyond an inward, practice-centered orientation and builds a […]

“The Archive” is Not An Archives: new link

Many of us have enjoyed reading Michelle Caswell’s important piece, ‘”The Archive” is Not An Archives: Acknowledging the Intellectual Contributions of Archival Studies’ which appeared in the online journal Reconstruction in their special issue Archives on Fire. The issue is not currently accessible so here is a link to the article on the University of […]

New book: Do archives have value?

Do Archives Have Value? Edited by MICHAEL MOSS and DAVID THOMAS About the book This book explores ways of establishing value and measuring in the archives and specials collections. There is a vast literature about ways of measuring value for cultural heritage assets as a whole, particularly museums and visitor attractions, but archives and special collections in libraries […]

New Book: Archival Afterlives

Just out from Brill:   Archival Afterlives Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern British Scientific and Medical Archives Series: Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions, Volume: 23   Editors: Vera Keller, Anna Marie Roos and Elizabeth Yale “Archival Afterlives explores the posthumous fortunes of scientific and medical archives in early modern Britain. If early modern natural philosophers claimed all […]

Images, Silences, and the Archival Record: An Interview with Michelle Caswell

Dr. Michelle Caswell is an Associate Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Asian American Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Her book, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic […]

“It was a failure of imagination”: Climate change, archives and material culture

This recent news item entitled, “HOW TO PROTECT RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE” takes the debate around archives and materiality in another direction by highlighting how archives and manuscripts are at risk from climate change through disasters as well as changing temperatures. Author Sophie Yeo highlights how informal collections and […]