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On the Value of Archival History in the United States

Cox, Richard J. (1988) On the Value of Archival History in the United States. Libraries & Culture, 23. 135 - 151.

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Abstract

Although there is increasing interest in American archival history, there has been no precise definition of its value. This essay is an effort to provide such a definition, arguing that the study of archival history is important for the following reasons: it addresses contemporary concerns of and issues facing the archival profession; it is an important tool to be used in self-evaluation and planning by archival programs; it can be used to develop a body of case studies that could facilitate a better understanding of the life cycle of cultural institutions such as archives; it is an excellent means of introduction for graduate students preparing to be archivists; it is a gateway through which to examine some fundamental questions about the nature of records and information; and the study of archival history provides an outlet for the scholarly interests of individual archivists.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard J.rjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 1988
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Libraries & Culture
Volume: 23
Page Range: 135 - 151
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: archival, history
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:09
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5817

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