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Engaging with Records and Archives: Histories and Theories
Edited by Fiorella Foscarini, Heather MacNeil, Gillian Oliver, and Bonnie Mak
Item Number: 978-1-78330-158-4
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $85.00
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256 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9781783301584
Year Published: 2016

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This new book provides an authoritative and inspiring response to today’s growing fascination with the idea of the archive and contains cutting-edge research articles on the history and theory of archives and records, written by internationally renowned and emerging scholars.

Engaging with Records and Archives offers a selection of the most original, insightful and imaginative papers from the Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA 7).

The “histories and theories” collected in this volume offer a wide variety of views of records, archives and archival functions, spanning diverse regions, communities, disciplinary perspectives and time periods.

From the origins of contemporary grassroots archival activism in Poland to the role of women archivists in early 20th century England; from the management of records in the Dutch East Indies in the 19th century to the relationship between Western and Indigenous cultures in North America and other modern archival conundrums: this book reveals the richness and complexity of archival thinking through historical and contemporary compelling examples that will captivate the reader.
Table of Contents

Introduction - Fiorella Foscarini, Heather Macneil, Bonnie Mak, and Gillian Oliver

PART 1: Rethinking Histories and Theories

1. Moving the Margins to the Middle: Reconciling ‘the Archive’ with the Archives - Jeannette Bastian

2. Organisms, Skeletons, and the Archivist as Paleontologist: Metaphors of Archival Order and Reconstruction in Context - Juan Ilerbaig

3. Records in Context’ in Context: A Brief History of Data Modeling for Archival Description - Jonathan Furner

4. Mapping Archival Silence: Technology and the Historical Record - Marlene Manoff

5. Hidden Voices in the Archives: Pioneering Women Archivists in Early 20th Century England - Elizabeth Shepherd

PART 2: Engaging Records and Archives

6. The Use and Reuse of Documents by Chancellors, Archivists and Government Members in an Early Modern Republican State: Genoa’s Giunta dei Confini and Its Archives - Stefano Gardini

7. The Bumpy Road to Transparency:  Access and Secrecy in 19th-Century Records in the Dutch East Indies - Charles Jeurgens

8. Melanie Delva and Melissa Adams, “Archival Ethics and Indigenous Justice: Conflict or Coexistence?”

9. History and Development of Information and Recordkeeping in Malawi - Paul Lihoma

10. History of Community Archiving in Poland - Magdalena Wiśniewska

11. Reflecting on Practice: Artists’ Experiences in the Archives - Sian Vaughan

About the Editors

Fiorella Foscarini is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.  She taught previously at the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in archival studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Prior to joining academia, she worked as senior archivist for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  She is particularly interested in the nature of records and the activities that shape and are shaped by records.  She is Co-editor in Chief of the Records Management Journal.

Heather MacNeil is a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses in the areas of archival theory and practice and the history of record keeping. Her research and publications focus on the theory and methods of archival arrangement and description, the trustworthiness of records in analogue and digital environments, and archives and archival finding aids as cultural texts.

Gillian Oliver is an academic at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her PhD is from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests centre on organisational culture, and the influences this has on the way that information is managed. She is the co-author of Records Management and Information Culture and Digital Curation, Second Edition and is Co-editor in Chief of the journal Archival Science.

Bonnie Mak is an associate professor at the University of Illinois, jointly appointed in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Program in Medieval Studies. She has previously held the title of Visiting Fellow at the Coach House Institute at the University of Toronto, and is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Humanities and Information at the Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of How the Page Matters (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and teaches courses in the history and future of the book, reading practices, and knowledge production.


”All of the essays are well-researched and clearly written ... For those interested in archival theory and its intersection with historiography, this volume will provide insights into the history and continuing evolution of important concepts."
— Library Journal

”The diverse papers submitted by eleven authors make challenging reading, so this book will interest academics and can be used as a textbook in history or archives courses. It may also interest records managers and scholars in media studies and history, as well as data curation, art history, library science, and other disciplines."
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