(Title changed in the suspicion that people misunderstand the use here of 'Archives')
Over forty years an archivist, at the India Office Records, 1973-1979, and the Wellcome Library, 1979-2015. Plus extensive
experience doing my own historical research in other archives.
The Wellcome Library Blog, on which I occasionally posted on professional matters,
Gender and Archives
a rather longer version of my presentation at the Genders and Archives workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 21 January 2005
Some favourite archives and resources
My own publications on archives
Descriptive and empirical, rather than theoretical...
About the Records at Risk Fund: 'o provide support for urgent, short-notice interventions to secure the acquisition of vulnerable historical records, in both physical and digital formats, that face immediate peril across the United Kingdom. The fund focuses on categories of records unprotected by legislation such as the archives of businesses, charities and private individuals, acknowledging that archive services and custodians may have limited resources to respond to collections at immediate risk.'
A useful page from the site of the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick: Things You Need to Know about Archives
Working in Archives: advice to those who are beginning to work with historical archives.
Three blog posts by Tom Crane, National Archives Digital, Baffled by Archives 1 and 2 and 3, a very useful discussion of the issues users may have with finding things in archives when they are used to internet search engines.
What do archivists keep (or not)?: 'Archival institutions are methodically shaped by the decisions of archivists working together with other professionals. They are an intriguing result of both chance and choice, and they donít keep everything, both by chance and by choice.' One post in a very useful set of Archives FAQs and Facts by the staff of Region of Peel Archives, Ontario.
Marc Reyes, Why do historians go to archives? Hasnít everything already been digitized?
Michelle Caswell, "The Archive" is Not An Archives: Acknowledging the Intellectual Contributions of Archival Studies, Reconstruction Vol. 16, No. 1
Richard Dunley, Jo Pugh, Do Archive Catalogues Make History?: Exploring Interactions between Historians and Archives, Twentieth Century British History, 2021
No Love for White Gloves, or: the Cotton Menace: oh dear, so much yes. I give five stars to the repository that has a sink to wash hands before entering the reading room, and null points to the one that doled out grubby ill-fitting white gloves (to consult a collection that had been minimally actually processed).
Itza A. Carbajal, Michelle Caswell, Critical Digital Archives: A Review from Archival Studies The American Historical Review, Volume 126, Issue 3, September 2021, Pages 1102-1120: 'Given the blurring of boundaries between historians and archivists in the digital realm, this article urges historians to pay more attention to discussions surrounding digital records and archival practices emerging from critical archival studies.'
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
Archives & Records Association: formed 1 June 2010 with the amalgamation of the Society of Archives with National Council on Archives and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government
British Records Association: a charity which aims to promote the preservation, understanding, accessibility and study of our recorded heritage for the public benefit.
H-Info: H-Net list for the history of libraries, archives, document-based cultural repositories, and other information institutions
The Centre for the Historical Record, a new initiative at Kingston University
'promotes collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public'
ICARUS: International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research and User Studies
The Endangered Archives Programme:
'Unless action is taken now, much of mankindís documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery.'
Investigating the Archive
'This project is designed to examine the role and nature of archives and the debates surrounding their selection, application and interpretation. These debates emphasise the centrality of the archive to life and culture. The project provides space to reflect on archives by taking an interdisciplinary approach to their construction, mobilisation and deployment.'
International Council on Archives
Feminist Libraries & Archives Network
The National Archives blog
BRA Seminar Series/IHR Partnership Seminars: The Shock of the Record, Archives and Truth 2021/22
Strategies of blockade. Access to archive records in France and Germany in an international perspective
19-20 January 2022, German Historical Institute Paris
Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference:ĎFacing Forward: Post-pandemic recordkeeping - change, challenge, choiceí
31st August-2nd September 2022, Chester, UK
(Re)encountering the sources
October 6/7, 2022, Department of History of the University of Zurich
Post-colonial heritage in the present: museums, archives, art and activism October 12, 2022, Italy
From Archival Pasts Towards Archival Futures: Epistemologies, Decolonization and (Dis-)Placement
November 7-11, 2022, Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana
Future of the Archive in the Digital Age
Dead Media Project:
a virtual archive/museum of obsolete methods of recording, storing and disseminating information, from chips on bone to superceded computer chips.
The Internet Archive
'a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.... free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public'
UK Web Archiving Consortium:
'a consortium of six leading UK institutions is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites.'
The Fictional World of Archives, Art Galleries and Museums
Pop Archives: Archives and Archivists in Pop Culture
COLLECTIONS: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. From the Practical to the Philosophical
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