The Archive at the End of the Century: Discipline, Excess, and Access

Janna Jones

in The Past Is a Moving Picture

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041926
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043906 | DOI:
The Archive at the End of the Century: Discipline, Excess, and Access

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Where archivists and researchers once felt confounded by a lack of artifactual evidence, today, fueled in part by contemporary culture's compulsion to collect, many archives are overflowing with moving images and related artifacts. This chapter reveals the ways in which attempts to manage the archive are routinely thwarted by the overwhelming amount of cinematic materials requiring accession, cataloging, and storage, as well as insufficient funding and archival labor. As a result, ideological formations cannot take hold, making it impossible for the archivists to construct an entirely linear, singular path toward history; instead, the archive tends toward an indeterminate state that cultivates a way of looking at cultural memory that is neither fixed nor complete.

Keywords: Archive; Collecting; Cataloguing; Cultural Memory

Chapter.  10880 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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