Currents of Archival Thinking

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-12-21
  • Publisher: Libraries Unltd Inc
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In the archival field, collections of essays tend to be organized around specific topics, or around the writings of specific archival thinkers. In contrast, Currents of Archival Thinking features an array of original essays that explore a broad range of key topics in the theory and practice of archival studies within three frameworks: the foundational concepts of the discipline, the main components of the archival mission, and the metaphors that shape how we think about archives and archival institutions.

Author Biography

Terry Eastwood is professor emeritus of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. Heather MacNeil is associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Without Consent: The Ethics of Disclosing Personal Information in Public Records.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shifting Currentsp. vii
Foundationsp. 1
A Contested Realm: The Nature of Archives and the Orientation of Archival Sciencep. 3
Origins: Evolving Ideas about the Principle of Provenancep. 23
Functionsp. 45
On or Off the Record? Notions of Value in the Archivep. 47
Preserving Records of Enduring Valuep. 69
Debates about Descriptionp. 89
Archival Mediationp. 115
Models and Metaphorsp. 137
Life Cycle and Continuum: A View of Recordkeeping Models from the Postwar Erap. 139
Archives and Collective Memory: More than a Metaphor, Less than an Analogyp. 163
Archives as Arsenals of Accountabilityp. 181
Reenvisioning the Personal: Refraining Traces of Individual Lifep. 213
Indexp. 243
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 251
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