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War, Memory, and Archives: Building a Framework

Cox, Richard J. (2012) War, Memory, and Archives: Building a Framework. Library and Archival Security, 25 (1). 21 - 57.

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Archives, often targeted for destruction in war, are also given meaning in these conflicts. Institutions with an archival function (archives, museums, and libraries) are destroyed, but new repositories are often created in their place. War even provides an impetus for the creation of new documentary forms. This essay explores archives within the framework of memory studies, specifically that part focusing on war. Drawing on the growing rich scholarly literature on war memory, this essay addresses the implications for understanding archives, in the context of documenting, remembering, and forgetting and in how memorials, from cemeteries to uses of new technologies, influence our understanding of archives and the archival function. In efforts to destroy archives as symbols of society and culture, we can begin to gain a new and different sense of the value of archives. This essay begins to lay out a framework for valuing archives that extends outside of the traditional notions of archives.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard J.rjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Library and Archival Security
Volume: 25
Number: 1
Page Range: 21 - 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: archives, war, memory
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 14:00
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:08


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