Scrapbook as Archive, Scrapbooks in Archives

Ellen Gruber Garvey

in Writing with Scissors

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390346
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979240 | DOI:
Scrapbook as Archive, Scrapbooks in Archives

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Although scrapbook making was a cheap, accessible practice that allowed people to create fixed arrangements of materials that mattered to them, this chapter shows that preservation in the larger bricks-and-mortar archive has been less democratically distributed. As institutions often preferred to “document the well documented,” the materials that people sought to save in the egalitarian archive of the scrapbook often vanished or lost connection to their makers.

Keywords: scrapbooking; preservation; archives; document

Chapter.  10789 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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