Archival research of any magnitude can be daunting. With this in mind, Alexis E. Ramsey, Wendy B. Sharer, Barbara L’Eplattenier, and Lisa Mastrangelo have developed an indispensable volume for the first-time researcher as well as the seasoned scholar. Working in the Archives is a guide to the world of rhetoric and composition archives, from locating an archival source and its materials to establishing one’s own collection of archival materials. This practical volume provides insightful information on a variety of helpful topics, such as basic archival theory, processes, and principles; the use of hidden or digital archives; the intricacies of searching for and using letters and photographs; strategies for addressing the dilemmas of archival organization without damaging the provenance of materials; the benefits of seeking sources outside academia; and the difficult (yet often rewarding) aspects of research on the Internet.
Working in the Archives moves beyond the basics to discuss the more personal and emotional aspects of archival work through the inclusion of interviews with experienced researchers such as Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Peter Mortensen, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Kenneth Lindblom, and David Gold. Each shares his or her personal stories of the joys and challenges that face today’s researchers.
Packed with useful recommendations, this volume draws on the knowledge and experiences of experts to present a well-rounded guidebook to the often winding paths of academic archival investigation. These in-depth yet user-friendly essays provide crucial answers to the myriad questions facing both fledgling and practiced researchers, making Working in the Archives an essential resource.
|Publisher:||Southern Illinois University Press|
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About the Author
Alexis E. Ramsey is an assistant professor of rhetoric at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has worked for the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections and published on peer mentoring.
Wendy B. Sharer, an associate professor of English at East Carolina University, is the author or editor of three books, including Vote and Voice: Women’s Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915–1930.
Barbara L’Eplattenier is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She is the coeditor (with Lisa Mastrangelo) of Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections, including the SIU Press volume Beyond the Archives.
Lisa Mastrangelo, an associate professor of English at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, is the coeditor (with Barbara L’Eplattenier) of Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline.She has published articles in Rhetoric Review, Composition Studies, and other journals.
Table of Contents
Introduction Alexis E. Ramsey Wendy B. Sharer Barbara L'Eplattenier Lisa S. Mastrangelo 1
Part 1 General Information for Using Archives
Invigorating Historiographic Practices in Rhetoric and Composition Studies Cheryl Glenn Jessica Enoch 11
Archival Survival: Navigating Historical Research Lynée Lewis Gaillet 28
Open to the Possibilities: Seven Tales of Serendipity in the Archives Lori Ostergaard 40
Interview: David Gold-On Keeping a Beginner's Mind 42
Interview: Peter Mortensen-"I Had a Hunch" 45
Part 2 Accessing the Archives
Invisible Hands: Recognizing Archivists' Work to Make Records Accessible Sammie L. Morris Shirley K Rose 51
Viewing the Archives: The Hidden and the Digital Alexis E. Ramsey 79
Locating the Archives: Finding Aids and Archival Scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric Chris Warnick 91
Searching and Seeking in the Deep Web: Primary Sources on the Internet Elizabeth Yakel 102
Finding and Researching Photographs Helena Zinkham 119
Looking for Letters Margaret J. Marshall 135
Interview: Lynée Lewis Gaillet-The Unexpected Find 149
Interview: Jessica Enoch-Striking Metaphors 152
Part 3 Working with/through Archival Material
Reading the Archive of Freshman English Thomas Masters 157
Journeying into the Archives: Exploring the Pragmatics of Archival Research Katherine E. Tirabassi 169
(En)Gendering the Archives for Basic Writing Research Kelly Ritter 181
Archival Research as a Social Process Neal Lerner 195
Emergent Taxonomies: Using Tension and Forum to Organize Primary Texts Tarez Samra Graban 206
The Guilty Pleasures of Working with Archives LindaS. Bergmann 220
The Personal as Method and Place as Archives: A Synthesis Liz Rohan 232
Interview: Kathryn Fitzgerald-"I'm Open to Whatever I Discover" 248
Interview: Kenneth Lindblom-Spinning Gold from Old Straw 250
Interview: Lindal Buchanan-Making Fortunate Connections 253
Part 4 Creating the Archive as Research Process
Keeping the Conversation Going: The Archive Thrives on Interviews and Oral History Brad E. Lucas Margaret M. Strain 259
Deep Sea Diving: Building an Archive as the Basis for Composition Studies Research Lynn Z. Bloom 278
Autobiography of an Archivist Nan Johnson 290