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Archives and Memory
OCLC Systems & Services (2003)
  • Randall C. Jimerson, Western Washington University, Western Washington University
Abstract
Archives are repositories of memory, providing reliable evidence for examining the past. The four types of memory – personal, collective, historical, and archival – interact in complex and sometimes baffling ways to enable one to understand the past and to draw lessons from it. Archival memory is a social construct reflecting power relationships in society. Archivists and manuscripts curators play the important role of mediator in selecting records for preservation and providing research access to such collections. By recognizing and overcoming the bias toward records of powerful groups in society, archivists can provide a more balanced perspective on the past, and enable future generations to examine and evaluate the activities and contributions of all voices in one’s culture. Archives thus serve an important role in identifying and preserving the documentation that forms one’s historical memory.
Keywords
  • Memory,
  • Archives,
  • History
Disciplines
Publication Date
2003
Publisher Statement
Published by MCB UP Ltd DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/10650750310490289
Citation Information
Randall C. Jimerson. "Archives and Memory" OCLC Systems & Services Vol. 19 Iss. 3 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/randall_jimerson/28/