What Are Archives? Cultural and Theoretical Perspectives: A Reader [book review]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In the preface to What Are Archives? Cultural and Theoretical Perspectives: A Reader, LouiseCraven, head of cataloging at the National Archives, United Kingdom, argues that archivistsneed to abandon their insular self-perception and “adopt a wider perspective: looking at archivesfrom the outside, rather than the inside.” To implement this new research agenda, Craven andmembers of the British Society of Archivists brought together scholars from multiple disciplinesin 2006 around the question: “what are archives?” The resulting essays, loosely revised for thisvolume, demonstrate that much valuable commentary on archival theory and practice can emergewhen archives and archivists are seen in relation to other academic disciplines and in relation toother information professions.

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Archival Issues, 31(2): 198-9.
Language: English
Date: 2007
book review, archives

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