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Lester J. Cappon and the creation of records: The diary and the diarist

Cox, RJ (2013) Lester J. Cappon and the creation of records: The diary and the diarist. Archivaria, 75. 115 - 144. ISSN 0318-6954

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This article is an exploration of Lester J. Cappon as an expert in historical evidence, documentary editing, and archival theory and practice, and of his own creation of archival sources and sense of leaving behind documentary traces for future researchers. It considers how Cappon used his diary as a memory device to document his life, career, and family, as well as a means to prod himself about his own scholarly projects (especially his concern about how to manage his time). It reviews the mechanics and physical characteristics of the diary. One would expect an individual with his interests and professional abilities to be more self-reflective about the diary process - and we are not disappointed. He wrote both to be read and remembered, including in his entries highly personal comments about himself and his career, as well as his family and colleagues. Cappon often used the diary as a means to reflect on his own career and its possibilities, especially as he reached his retirement years. It is also clear that he wrote the diary with a future audience in mind, many of the entries having a formality in expression and explanation.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, RJrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 23 August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Archivaria
Volume: 75
Page Range: 115 - 144
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0318-6954
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 14:09
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 20:15


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