The View from the Film Reel: The Representation of Archivists in FilmAssociation of Canadian Archivists Conference (2015)
AbstractArchivists are depicted in many different forms of pop culture, including books, television and films. These representations help shape how the world views archivists and situates the profession on the archival horizon. Building upon previous research in this area, this study aims to investigate how archivists are portrayed in film. Films involving archivists were selected and a content analysis of these films was conducted to address the following questions: is there an archivist in the film and how is the character portrayed? Is there a clear image of archivists portrayed in the films? How do these images affect how the public perceives archivists? This study reveals a lack of clear image of archivists, which is problematic for stakeholders and for archivists alike. Archivists need to examine ways to establish a professional identity, influence public perception and ultimately change the archival horizon.
- Archival Science
Publication DateSpring June 11, 2015
Citation InformationAnne Daniel and Amanda Oliver. "The View from the Film Reel: The Representation of Archivists in Film" Association of Canadian Archivists Conference (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anne_daniel/4/