New books

Displaced Archives edited by James Lowry (Routledge)

“Drawing on case studies from around the world, the authors examine displaced archives as a consequence of conflict and colonialism, analysing their impact on government administration, nation building, human rights and justice”.

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Archive Everything: Mapping the Everyday By Gabriella Giannachi (The MIT Press)

“Archives now consist of not only documents and sites but also artworks, installations, museums, social media platforms, and mediated and mixed reality environments. Giannachi tracks the evolution of these diverse archival practices across the centuries”.

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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures compiled by Library of Congress, Foreword by Carla Hayden (Chronicle Books)

“Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library’s magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years.”

Card Catalogue

The Silence of the Archive by Valerie Johnson, Simon Fowler and David Thomas (Facet Publishing)

“This new book provides a ground breaking discussion of a major but little considered issue – the silence of the archive: why archives, sometimes seen as the repositories of truth, often fail to satisfy users because they do not contain information which they expect to find.  The book brings together ideas from a wide range of fields, from contemporary history through family history research to Shakespearian studies. It describes why there are these silences, what the impact of them is, how researchers have responded to them and what the silence of the archive means for researchers in the digital age.”

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