Tag Archives: archives

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 […]

“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 […]

Article: Of mind and matter: The archive as object

In the following article in Archives and Records (39.1 2018) Peter Lester advances an argument about materiality and the nature of archival evidence. Of mind and matter: The archive as object Abstract Archives are not only sources of evidence and information; they are also material objects with physical, tangible characteristics such as size, weight and […]

New article: Paper tools

Boris Jardine’s article, “State of the Field: Paper Tools” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (Volume 64, August 2017, Pages 53-63) makes interesting reading for those concerned with questions of paper and materiality. Jardine asks whether scholars across diverse fields are talking about the same thing ‘when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and […]

Download! Archives in Liquid Times

Archives in Liquid Times: a new publication about philosophy and theory on archives. It is free to download in PDF (see below). Archives in Liquid Times aims to broaden and deepen the thinking about archives in today’s digital environment. It is a book that tries to fuel the debate about archives in different fields of research. […]

CFP Women and Archives

Women and Archives Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, edited by Emily Rutter and Laura Engel In “Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory” (2002), Joan Schwartz and Terry Cook assert, “Archives have the power to privilege and to marginalize. They can be a tool of hegemony; they can be a […]

Surfacing the Page

Big Ideas, The National Archives, Kew ‘SURFACING THE PAGE‘ Wednesday 22nd November 1.00-2.00pm: Maryanne Dever, Kate Sweetapple,  Jacquie Lorber Kasunic, University of Technology Sydney. This session contains three short integrated presentations that take up the theme of ‘surfacing the page’. You can listen to the talks here. We talk of ‘surfacing’ here in not a literal sense […]