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Community Archives

Nov 2009 | 320pp

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Community Archives
The shaping of memory

Edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Ben Alexander

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.

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

"..required reading for anyone responsible for the shaping of memory"
- Business Archives

 

"An inspirational practical guide to defining community identity with records and archives…The gripping narrative, the chronology, the citations and the data in every single essay demonstrate admirable passion and valuable experience…This mega-resource pools information and experience from every corner of the information and physical world. It is a must-read for professionals who wish to enhance their understanding of how records and archives shape human memory or who want to develop a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities as info pros in archives, museums or records institutions."
- Information World Review

"...an important addition to the recent discourse about the meaning and purposes of archives."
- The American Archivist

Jeannette A. Bastian is Associate Professor and Director of the Archives Program Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston. 

 
Ben Alexander is Assistant Professor, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, The City University of New York.

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