Processing the Past Contesting Authority in History and the Archives

ISBN-10: 0199964084

ISBN-13: 9780199964086

Edition: 2nd 2013

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Processing the Pastexplores the dramatic changes taking place in historical understanding and archival management and in the relations between historians and archivists. Written by an archivist and a historian, it shows how these changes have been brought on by new historical thinking, new conceptions of archives, changing notions of historical authority, modifications in archival practices, and new information technologies. The book situates archives as subjects rather than places of study and examines the increasingly problematic relationships between historical and archival work. The authors contend that though historians and archivists once occupied the same conceptual and methodological space, they have divided into two separate professions with distinct conceptual frameworks and understandings of the authorities that govern their work: historians now ask questions not easily answered by traditional documentation, and archivists confront the challenges of new technologies and increases in the amounts of material they process. Blouin and Rosenberg conclude by raising the question of what future historical archives might be like if historical scholars and archivists no longer understand each other.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: On the Intersections of Archives and History
The Emergence of the Archival Divide
Authoritative History and Authoritative Archives
The Turn Away from Historical Authority in the Archives
Archival Authorities and New Technologies
The Turn Away from Archival Authority in History
Archival Essentialism and the Archival Divide
Processing the Past
The Social Memory Problem
Contested Archives, Contested Sources
The Archivist as Activist in the Production of (Historical) Knowledge
Rethinking Archival Politics: Trust, Truth, and the Law
Archives and the Cyberinfrastructure
Can History and Archives Reconnect: Bridging the Archival Divide
Notes
Index
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