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ISBN 9781856046398
Published November 8, 2009 by Facet Publishing
320 Pages

 
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Book Description

How do archives and other cultural institutions such as museums determine the boundaries of a particular community, and of their own institutional reach, in constructing effective strategies and methodologies for selecting and maintaining appropriate material evidence? This book offers guidance for archivists, record managers and museums professionals faced with such issues in their daily work.

This edited collection explores the relationships between communities and the records they create at both practical and scholarly levels. It focuses on the ways in which records reflect community identity and collective memory, and the implications of capturing, appraising and documenting these core societal elements - with particular focus on the ways in which recent advances in technology can overcome traditional obstacles, as well as how technologies themselves offer possibilities of creating new virtual communities.

It is divided into five themes:

a community archives model

communities and non-traditional record keeping

records loss, destruction and recovery

online communities: how technology brings communities and their records together

building a community archive.

Readership: This book will appeal to practitioners, researchers, and academics in the archives and records community as well as to historians and other scholars concerned with community building and social issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the series - Geoffrey Yeo Introduction: Communities and archives – a symbiotic relationship - Jeannette A. Bastian and Ben Alexander PART 1: A COMMUNITY ARCHIVES MODEL 1. ‘It is noh mistri, wi mekin histri.’ Telling our own story: independent and community archives in the UK, challenging and subverting the mainstream - Andrew Flinn and Mary Stevens 2. Special, local and about us: the development of community archives in Britain - David Mander PART 2: COMMUNITIES AND NON-TRADITIONAL RECORD KEEPING 3. The Single Noongar Claim: native title, archival records and aboriginal community in Western Australia - Glen Kelly 4. Oral tradition in living cultures: the role of archives in the preservation of memory - Patricia Galloway 5. We are our memories: community and records in Fiji - Setareki Tale and Opeta Alefaio PART 3: RECORDS LOSS, DESTRUCTION AND RECOVERY 6. Archiving the queer and queering the archives: a case study of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) - Marcel Barriault 7. A living archive, shared by communities of records - Eric Ketelaar 8. Truth commissions and the construction of collective memory: the Chile experience - Joel A. Blanco-Rivera PART 4: ONLINE COMMUNITIES: HOW TECHOLOGY BRINGS COMMUNITIES AND THEIR RECORDS TOGETHER 9. From Yizkor Books to weblogs: genocide, grassroots documentation and new technologies - András Riedlmayer and Stephen Naron 10. Co-creation of the Grateful Dead sound archive: control, access and curation communities - David A. Wallace PART 5: BUILDING A COMMUNITY ARCHIVE 11. ‘All the things we cannot articulate’: colonial leprosy archives and community commemoration - Ricardo L. Punzalan 12. Overcoming anonymity: Kittitians and their archives - Victoria Borg O’Flaherty 13. Always queer, always here: creating the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - Steven G. Fullwood Conclusion: The archivist and community - Richard J. Cox.

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