Community Archives, Community Spaces

Dec 2019 | 202pp

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Community Archives, Community Spaces
Heritage, Memory and Identity

Edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Andrew Flinn

This book traces the trajectory of the community archives movement, expanding the definition of community archives to include sites such as historical societies, social movement organisations and community centres. It also explores new definitions of what community archives might encompass, particularly in relation to disciplines outside the archives.

Over ten years have passed since the first volume of Community Archives, and inspired by continued research as well as by the formal recognition of community archives in the UK, the community archives movement has become an important area of research, recognition and appreciation by archivists, archival scholars and others worldwide. Increasingly the subject of papers and conferences, community archives are now seen as being in the vanguard of social concerns, markers of community-based activism, a participatory approach exemplifying the on-going evolution of ‘professional’ archival (and heritage) practice and integral to the ability of people to articulate and assert their identity.

Readership: Community Archives, Community Spaces reflects the latest research and includes practical case studies on the challenges of building and sustaining community archives. The 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.


List of figures

Introduction - Jeannette A. Bastian and Andrew Flinn


1  Archival optimism, or, how to sustain a community archives
Rebecka Taves Sheffield

2  Affective bonds: what community archives can teach mainstream institutions
Michelle Caswell

3  Community archives and the records continuum
Michael Piggott


4  Tuku mana taonga, tuku mana tāngata – Archiving for indigenouslanguage and cultural revitalisation: cross sectoral case studies from Aotearoa, New Zealand

Claire Hall and Honiana Love

5  Self-documentation of Thai communities: reflective thoughts on the Western concept of community archives
Kanokporn Nasomtrug Simionica

6  Popular music, community archives and public history online cultural justice and the DIY approach to heritage

Paul Long, Sarah Baker, Zelmarie Cantillon, Jez Collins and Raphaël Nowak

7  Maison d’Haïti’s collaborative archives project: archiving a community of records
Désirée Rochat, Kristen Young, Marjorie Villefranche and Aziz Choudry

8  Indigenous archiving and wellbeing: surviving, thriving, reconciling

Joanne Evans, Shannon Faulkhead, Kirsten Thorpe, Karen Adams, Lauren Booker and Narissa Timbery

9  Community engaged scholarship in archival studies: documenting housing displacement and gentrification in a Latino community
Janet Ceja Alcalá

10  Post-x: community-based archiving in Croatia
Anne J. Gilliland and Tamara Štefanac


Jeannette A. Bastian is professor Emerita at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts where she directed their Archives Management program. A former Territorial Librarian of the United States Virgin Islands, she holds an MPhil from the University of the West Indies and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at University College London. He is the vice chair of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group and joint co-ordinator of the Archives Cluster in the University of Gothenburg/UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1999.