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Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations

Cox, Richard J (2008) Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations. Litwin Books, LLC, Duluth, MN. ISBN 978-0980200478

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The book argues that personal archives might be assuming a new importance in society. As the technical means for creating, maintaining, and using documents are improving and becoming more cost-effective, individuals and families are seeking to preserve their old documents, especially traditional paper forms, as a connection to a past that may seem to be in risk of being of being swallowed up in the immense digital gadgetry in our Internet Age. There is a reversal to other technologies as well, such as leather bound journals and fountain pens, by some individuals resisting or protesting the increasingly digital world they reside in. Behind these very different approaches are similar impulses, and, these divergent paths raise identical questions about the role and purpose of traditional archives dating back two centuries and more. Personal recordkeeping raises an array of issues and concerns about records and their preservation, public or collective memory, the mission of professional records managers and archivists, the nature of the role of the institutional archives, and the function of the individual citizen as their own archivist. Archivists need to develop a new partnership with the public, and the public needs to learn from the archivists the essentials of preserving documentary materials. We are on the cusp of seeing a new kind of archival future, and whether this is good or bad depends on how well archivists equip citizen archivists.


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Item Type: Book
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard Jrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 2008
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Litwin Books, LLC
Place of Publication: Duluth, MN
Number of Pages: 440
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal, archives, family, archives, citizen, archivists, diaries, blogs, Web, sites, letterwriting, financial, records
ISBN: 978-0980200478
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 18:55


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