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Archives, Recordkeeping and Social Justice

1st Edition

Edited by David A. Wallace, Wendy M. Duff, Renée Saucier, Andrew Flinn


256 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Archives, Recordkeeping, and Social Justice expands the burgeoning literature on archival social justice and impact. Illuminating how diverse factors shape the relationship between archives, recordkeeping systems, and recordkeepers, this book depicts struggles for different social justice objectives.

Discussions and debates about social justice are playing out across many disciplines, fields of practice, societal sectors, and governments, and yet onedimension cross-cutting these actors and engagement spaces has remained unexplored: the role of recordkeeping and archiving. To clarify and elaborate this connection, this volume provides a rigorous account of the engagement of archives and records—and their keepers—in struggles for social justice. Drawing upon multidisciplinary praxis and scholarship, contributors to the volume examine social justice from historical and contemporary perspectives and promote impact methodologies that align with culturally responsive, democratic, Indigenous, and transformative assessment. Underscoring the multiplicity of transformative social justice impacts influenced by recordmaking, recordkeeping, and archiving, the book presents nine case studies from around the world that link the past to the present and offer pathways towards a more just future.

Archives, Recordkeeping, and Social Justice will be an essential reading for researchers and students engaged in the study of archives, truth and reconciliation processes, social justice, and human rights. It should also be of great interest to archivists, records managers, and information professionals.

Table of Contents

Section 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Archives, Recordkeeping and Social Justice

Renée Saucier and David A. Wallace

Chapter 2: Defining the Relationship between Archives and Social Justice

David A. Wallace

Chapter 3: From Experimental Methods to Transformative / Empowering Methodologies: Studying the Social Justice Impact of Archives

Wendy M. Duff and Michelle Caswell


Section 2

Preface to Section Two: Categorizations and Patterns in the Case Studies

Renée Saucier

Chapter 4: Archives, Records, and Land Restitution in South Africa

Anthea Josias

Chapter 5: "Hang Onto These Words:" Aboriginal Title and the Social Meanings of Archival Custody

Raymond Frogner

Chapter 6: "All I Want To Know Is Who I Am": Archival Justice for Australian Care Leavers

Joanne Evans, Frank Golding, Cate O’Neill, Rachel Tropea

Chapter 7: Justice for the 96!: The Impact of Archives in the Fight for Justice for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Disaster

Andrew Flinn and Wendy M. Duff

Chapter 8: Social Justice and Historical Accountability in Latin America: Access to the Records of the Truth Commissions in Chile

Joel A. Blanco-Rivera

Chapter 9: Documenting the Fight for the City: The Impact of Activist Archives on Anti-Gentrification Campaigns

Susan Pell

Chapter 10: Social Justice Struggles for Rights, Equality & Identity: The Role of Lesbian and Gay Archives

Rebecka Taves Sheffield

Chapter 11: Social Justice and Hearing Voices: Co-Constructing an Archive of Mental Health Recovery

Anna Sexton, Stuart Baker-Brown, Peter Bullimore, Dolly Sen and Andrew Voyce

Chapter 12: Archives ‘Act Back’: Re-configuring Palestinian Archival Constellations and Visions of Social Justice

Beverley Butler

Chapter 13: Conclusion

David A. Wallace, Wendy M. Duff and Andrew Flinn

About the Editors

David A. Wallace is Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan. He is editor of “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction” (2011); co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002); and series technical editor for 12 volumes of the National Security Archive’s The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989–1992).

Wendy M. Duff is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her most recent research has focused on the emotional responses to archives. Recently, she has conducted impact studies of two different community archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives and the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada.

Renée Saucier is an Archivist at the Archives of Ontario and a volunteer at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives. She has a graduate degree in information studies with a specialisation in archives and records management. Her paper “Medical Cartography in Ontario, 1890–1920” won the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Gordon Dodds Prize.

Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at University College London, a member of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group and author of a number of papers relating to community-led and counter archives, including “Working with the past: making history of struggle part of the struggle” in Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements (eds Aziz & Vally, 2018).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Archives

The Routledge Studies in Archives series publishes new and cutting-edge research in records and archives studies. Recognising the imperative for record-keeping work in support of memory, social justice, technical systems, legal rights and historical understanding, this series extends the disciplinary boundaries of archival studies. It sees the archival in personal, economic and political activity, historically and digitally situated cultures, subcultures and movements, technological and infrastructural developments and in many other places.

Routledge Studies in Archives brings scholarship from diverse academic and cultural traditions into conversation and presents the work of emerging and established scholars, side by side. It promotes the exploration of the intellectual history of archival science, the internationalisation of archival discourse and the building of new archival theory.

The Series Editor invites proposals for books that offer original thinking about archives and records. If you have an idea for a book that you think would be appropriate for the series, then please contact the Series Editor, James Lowry ([email protected]), to discuss further.

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Subject Categories

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General