Tag Archives: archival labour

Archives work is emotional work

Reposted from Archive Steph, a reminder of the work of archivists: “More technically, archives work is emotional work. This can be through the cataloguing of the outputs of people’s intimate inner lives (personal papers, email, correspondence, family photos). Sometimes we are taking meticulous care over documenting the life of someone who we don’t like very […]

New book: Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market

Just out from the University of Massachusetts Press is Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market by Amy Hildreth Chen. This new work will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the political economy of literary archives and how the US market for writers’ papers developed in the second half of the twentieth century. […]

On “routine and frankly boring” archival labour

There have been several high profile Twitter interventions lately on the question of archival “discoveries”. In a timely blog post on the language scholars use to (mis)characterise archival settings, Beth Doyle makes the very important point that the same language inevitably displaces the very real (and gendered) labour of archivists, labour that invariably underpins scholars’ […]

Out now! Archives and new modes of feminist research

Just out from Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) is Vol 32, Nos 91-92, a special double issue on ‘Archives and new modes of feminist research’. Edited by Maryanne Dever, the double issue opens by “asking what feminist archival research looks like in an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover […]

Reposting: Ten Resources to Contextualize Archives and Archival Labour

This article from Activehistory.ca (30 June 2017) brings together ten must read resources “to contextualize archival practice, archival labour, and the work archivists do”. “There are many colleagues both within Canadian archives and beyond who have been writing and speaking about the challenges of counteracting the ‘why isn’t it already digitized’ question, directly confronting the erasure of […]