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On the Intersections of Archives and History

Francis X. Blouin Jr. and William G. Rosenberg

in Processing the Past

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740543
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740543.003.0001
On the Intersections of Archives and History

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The introductory chapter reviews the origins of this study and introduces the problems it raises in subsequent chapters. It emphasizes how these problems relate to the changing points of connection between archives and the writing of history, as well as relations between historians and archivists. The chapter also defines what is meant by “an archive” and “the archives,” and discusses how these and other relevant notions like “authority” are often differently understood in the archival and historical communities. It foreshadows later discussions about the explosion of both traditional and electronic documentation as they have affected both historical and archival practices, and introduces the notion of an “archival divide.”

Keywords: archive; the archives; authority; archival divide; humanities research; historical understanding; digitization; Jacques Derrida

Chapter.  3866 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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