From Polders To Postmodernism

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From Polders to Postmodernism is a broad ranging history of the conception and development of the theories that have guided archivists in their work from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. Narrated through the controversial thread of archival appraisal theory, the book examines how archivists have engaged with theory through the tension between keeping records that reflect objective history "as it happened" and subjective decision making in the archive. Through an interpretive reading of archival ...
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Overview

From Polders to Postmodernism is a broad ranging history of the conception and development of the theories that have guided archivists in their work from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. Narrated through the controversial thread of archival appraisal theory, the book examines how archivists have engaged with theory through the tension between keeping records that reflect objective history "as it happened" and subjective decision making in the archive. Through an interpretive reading of archival theory, distinct periods emerge, with each paradigm contributing unique responses to difficult archival, historical, and theoretical contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980200454
  • Publisher: Litwin Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Terry Cook Cook, Terry

1 Why Study Archival Theory? 1

2 Contexts 7

3 Consolidation: The Dutch Manual 21

4 Confirmation and Reinforcement: Sir Hilary Jenkinson's A Manual of Archive Administration 41

5 Modern Records: T. R. Schellenberg and Modern Archives 69

6 Questioning Archives: Contemporary Records, Contemporary Discourses 101

7 From Polders to Postmodernism 143

References 163

Index 175

About the Author 185

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