Category Archives: research

Just out: Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 – 2015

New from Rowman & Littlefield is the Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 – 2015  edited by Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks. At 596 pages it’s a hefty tome! From the publisher’s website: The Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515-2015, is a reference work that includes the profiles of authors of literature about records and archives in […]

Brittle paper: what can it stand?

Taking a literal turn in our thinking around materiality and the archived page, the following recent publications examine the mechanics of aged and brittle paper: “Comparing Non-destructive Mechanical Testing Methods for the Assessment of Brittle Papers – The Cantilever, Hanging Pear Loop, and Clamped Fold Tests” by Andrea K. I. Hall, Raymond H. Plaut and Patricia M. McGuiggan, […]

Evidencing the Impact and Value of Special Collections: Report from Research Libraries UK

On 7 March 2019 Research Libraries UK published a report examining the role that special collections play in enabling research libraries to meet the impact goals, and investigates the ways impact resulting through their various services and activities is evidenced. The findings will be of interest to all associated with such collections, either in collections […]

ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES 

Just published! The latest issue of the journal Public  #57 From the journal’s website: “ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES advances conversations regarding the changing nature and political realities of audio and visual heritage in the twenty-first century. Bringing together artists, archivists, and researchers, this issue of PUBLIC argues that the re-thinking of audio-visual heritage preservation is ultimately strategic and political, especially […]

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 […]

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 […]