Readings on archives and materiality



Selected titles of interest (updated regularly): 

Baker, C. and Silverman, R. (2005). Misperceptions about White Gloves. International Preservation News N° 37 December, 4-9.

Bennett, J. (2010). Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham, N.C.: Duke UP.

Bornstein, G. (2001). Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Brown, C. (2011). Manuscript Thinking: Stories by hand. Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2 (3): 250-268.

Burns, J.E. (2014). Digital facsimiles and the modern viewer: Medieval manuscripts and archival practice in the age of new media. Art Documentation:  Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America 33, 148-67.

Candlin, F. and Gains, R. (2009). The Object Reader. London: Routledge.

Chassanoff, A. (2013). Historians and the Use of Primary Source Materials in the Digital Age. The American Archivist 76 2, 458-80.

Cifor, M. (2017)  Stains and Remains: Liveliness, Materiality, and the Archival Lives of Queer Bodies.  Australian Feminist Studies 32,91-92, 5-21.

Clary-Lemon, J.  (2014) Archival Research Processes: A Case for Material Methods. Rhetoric Review 33.4, 381-402.

Coole, D. & Frost, S. (2010). Introducing the New Materialisms.  In J. Bennett, P. Cheah, M.A. Orlie, and E. Grosz (Eds.) New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (pp. 1-43). Durham, N.C.: Duke UP.

Cvetkovich, A. (2013). Personal Effects: The Material Archive of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’s Domestic Life. No More Potlucks 25 (Archive).

Derrida, J. (2005). Paper Machine. Trans. R. Bowlby. Stanford, Ca.: Stanford UP.

Dever, M. (2019). Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page. London: Palgrave.

Dever, M. (2013). Provocations on the Pleasures of Archived Paper. Archives and Manuscripts 41.3, 173-182.

Dever, M. (2014). Manuscripts and Photographs: Being in the Archive. Archives and Manuscripts 42.3, 282-94.

Drucker J. (2009). Entity to event: From literal, mechanistic materiality to probabilistic materiality. Parallax 15.4,7-17.

Drucker, J. (2013). Performative Materiality and Theoretical Approaches to Interface. DHQ  7.1.

Dworkin, C. (2013). No Medium. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Dworkin, C. (2010). The Perverse Library. London: Information as Material.

Farge, A. (2013). The Allure of the Archives. Trans. T. Scott-Railton. New Haven, CT.: Yale UP.

Fuchsberger, V. et al (2014) The Multiple Layers of Materiality. DIS Companion ’14 Proceedings. New York: ACM, 73-76.

Gitelman, L. (2014). Paper knowledge: Toward a media history of documents. Durham, NC.:  Duke UP. 2014.

Gumbrecht, H.U. (2004). Production of Presence. What Meaning Cannot Convey. Stanford: Stanford UP.

Hayles, N.K. (2004). Print is flat, code is deep: The importance of media-specific analysis. Poetics Today 25.1, 67-90.

Heesen, A. te  (2014). The Newspaper Clipping: A Modern Paper Object. Trans. Lori Lantz. Manchester: Manchester UP.

Hennessy, K. and Smith, T.L. (2018). Anarchival materiality in archives. Archive/Counter-Archives. Public 57, 128-44.

Hughes, K. and Heckman, H. (2012). Dossier: Materiality and the ArchiveThe Velvet Light Trap No. 70, 59-65.

Hull, M. (2012). The Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan. Berkeley: U of California Press.

Kafka, B. (2012). The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork. New York: Zone Books.

Krajewski, M. (2011). Paper Machines: About Cards and Catalogs, 1548-1929. Trans. Peter Krapp. Boston: MIT Press.

Jardine, B. (2017). State of the Field: Paper tools.  Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science   64, 53-63.

Leonardi, P.M. (2010) Digital materiality? How artifacts without matter, matter. First Monday: Peer-reviewed Journal of the Internet 15.6-7.

Lester, P. (2018) Of mind and matter: The archive as object. Archives and Records 39.1 73-87.

Mak, B. (2011). How the Page Matters. Toronto: U of Toronto Press.

Manoff, M. (2006). The Materiality of Digital Collections: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 6.3, 311-325.

Moor, L. and Uprichard, E. (2014). The Materiality of Method: The Case of the Mass Observation Archive. Sociological  Research Online 19.3

Palacios, J. (2015)  Archival Liveness: The Paper Archive in the Digital Age. Performance Matters 1.1-2.


Rekrut, A. (2005). Material Literacy: Reading Records as Material Culture. Archivaria 60, 28-29.

Rekrut, A. (2014). Matters of substance: Materiality and meaning in historical records and their digital images. Archives and Manuscripts 42.3, 238-247.

Riles, A. (ed.) (2006). Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge. Ann Arbor, MI.: U of Michigan Press.

Rimmer, J. et. al. (2008). An Examination of the Physical and the Digital Qualities of Humanities Research. Information Processing and Management 44.3, 1374-1392.

Sansom I. (2012). Paper: An Elegy. London: Fourth Estate.

Sellen, A. and Harper, R. (2002). The Myth of the Paperless Office. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press.

Socarides, A. (2012). Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics. New York: Oxford UP.

Stuchel, D. (2020). Material Provocations in the Archives. The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3,1 (2020).

Vaknin, J., Stuckey, K. and Lane, V. (2013). All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist. Faringdon: Libri.

Vismann, C. (2008). Files: Law and Media Technology. Stanford, CA.: Stanford UP.

Wood, H. (2000).  The Fetish and the Document: An exploration of attitudes towards archives. In M. Procter and C.P. Lewis (eds.) New Directions in Archival Research. Liverpool: Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, 20-48.

Yamada, L. (2006).  What should I do with paper ephemera? Looking after ephemera in a library. Art Libraries Journal 31.4, 1-20.

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