Beyond the Archives Research as a Lived Process

ISBN-10: 0809328402
ISBN-13: 9780809328406
Edition: 2008
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Description: This collection of highly readable essays reveals that research is not restricted to library archives. When researchers pursue information and perspectives from sources beyond the archives—from existing people and places— they are often rewarded  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

This collection of highly readable essays reveals that research is not restricted to library archives. When researchers pursue information and perspectives from sources beyond the archives—from existing people and places— they are often rewarded with unexpected discoveries that enrich their research and their lives. Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Processpresents narratives that demystify and illuminate the research process by showing how personal experiences, family history, and scholarly research intersect. Editors Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan emphasize how important it is for researchers to tap into their passions, pursuing research subjects that attract their attention with creativity and intuition without limiting themselves to traditional archival sources and research methods. nbsp;nbsp; Eighteen contributors from a number of disciplines detail inspiring research opportunities that led to recently published works, while offering insights on such topics as starting and finishing research projects, using a wide range of types of sources and methods, and taking advantage of unexpected leads, chance encounters and simple clues. In addition, the narratives trace the importance of place in archival research, the parallels between the lives of research subjects and researchers, and explore archives as sites that resurrect personal, cultural, and historical memory. Beyond the Archivessheds light on the creative, joyful, and serendipitous nature of research, addressing what attracts researchers to their subjects, as well as what inspires them to produce the most thorough, complete, and engaged scholarly work. This timely and essential volume supplements traditional-method textbooks and effectively models concrete practices of retrieving and synthesizing information by professional researchers. nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;

Alexis E. Ramseyis an assistant professor of rhetoric at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has worked for the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections and published on peer mentoring. Wendy B. Sharer, an associate professor of English at East Carolina University, is the author or editor of three books, includingVote and Voice: Women’s Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915–1930. nbsp; Barbara L’Eplattenieris an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She is the coeditor (with Lisa Mastrangelo) ofHistorical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections, including the SIU Press volumeBeyond the Archives. nbsp; Lisa Mastrangelo, an associate professor of English at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, is the coeditor (with Barbara L’Eplattenier) ofHistorical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline.She has published articles inRhetoric Review, Composition Studies,and other journals.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Role of Serendipity, Family Connections, and Cultural Memory in Historical Research
When Serendipity, Creativity, and Place Come Into Play
The Accidental Archivist: Embracing Chance and Confusion in Historical Scholarship
Being on Location: Serendipity, Place, and Archival Research
Getting to Know Them: Concerning Research into Four Early Women Writers
Making Connections
When Personal Experience, Family History, and Research Subjects Intersect
Traces of the Familiar: Family Archives as Primary Source Material
The Biography of a Graveyard
In a Treeless Landscape: A Research Narrative
My Grandfather's Trunk
When Personal, Cultural, and Historical Memory Shape the Politics of the Archives
Colonial Memory, Colonial Research: A Preamble to a Case Study
Unbundling: Archival Research and Japanese American Communal Memory of U.S. Justice Department Internment, 1941-45
Mississippi on My Mind
Dreaming Charles Eastman: Cultural Memory, Autobiography, and Geography in Indigenous Rhetorical Histories
Cultural Memory and the Lesbian Archive
When the Lives of Our Research Subjects Parallel Our Own
"I See Dead People": Archive, Crypt, and an Argument for the Researcher's Sixth Sense
Stitching and Writing a Life
When Two Stories Collide, They Catch Fire
Stumbling in the Archives: A Tale of Two Novices
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