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The Concept of Public Memory and Its Impact on Archival Public Programming

Cox, Richard J. (1993) The Concept of Public Memory and Its Impact on Archival Public Programming. Archivaria, 36. 122 - 135.

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Abstract

Public or collective memory (which, for the purposes of this essay, we can generally define as the perceptions and uses of the past by the public-including both government and citizens) has, in recent years, become a topic of great interest for American and other historians. An interesting collaboration between more traditional intellectual history (the history of ideas), political and institutional history, and social history (the history of the people) that draws on anthropology, sociology, and related disciplines, research in American public memory has now produced some major studies. In the last several years three books on this topic have appeared that are important for North American archivists to know about and to consider, especially in their public programs and advocacy work. This essay analyzes the implications of these studies for archival work and theory.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard J.rjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 1993
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Archivaria
Volume: 36
Publisher: Association of Canadian Archivists
Page Range: 122 - 135
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: public, history, archival, studies
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 16:34
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:11
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2726

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