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Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History [Paperback]

Antoinette Burton , Helena Pohlandt-McCormick , Horacio N. Roque Ramírez , Marilyn Booth , Laura Mayhall , Renee Sentilles , Craig Robertson , John Randolph , Kathryn J. Oberdeck , Jeff Sahadeo
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January 25, 2006 082233688X 978-0822336884
Despite the importance of archives to the profession of history, there is very little written about actual encounters with them—about the effect that the researcher’s race, gender, or class may have on her experience within them or about the impact that archival surveillance, architecture, or bureaucracy might have on the histories that are ultimately written. This provocative collection initiates a vital conversation about how archives around the world are constructed, policed, manipulated, and experienced. It challenges the claims to objectivity associated with the traditional archive by telling stories that illuminate its power to shape the narratives that are “found” there.

Archive Stories brings together ethnographies of the archival world, most of which are written by historians. Some contributors recount their own experiences. One offers a moving reflection on how the relative wealth and prestige of Western researchers can gain them entry to collections such as Uzbekistan’s newly formed Central State Archive, which severely limits the access of Uzbek researchers. Others explore the genealogies of specific archives, from one of the most influential archival institutions in the modern West, the Archives nationales in Paris, to the significant archives of the Bakunin family in Russia, which were saved largely through the efforts of one family member. Still others explore the impact of current events on the analysis of particular archives. A contributor tells of researching the 1976 Soweto riots in the politically charged atmosphere of the early 1990s, just as apartheid in South Africa was coming to an end. A number of the essays question what counts as an archive—and what counts as history—as they consider oral histories, cyberspace, fiction, and plans for streets and buildings that were never built, for histories that never materialized.

Contributors. Tony Ballantyne, Marilyn Booth, Antoinette Burton, Ann Curthoys, Peter Fritzsche, Durba Ghosh, Laura Mayhall, Jennifer S. Milligan, Kathryn J. Oberdeck, Adele Perry, Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, John Randolph, Craig Robertson, Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, Jeff Sahadeo, Reneé Sentilles


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Archive Stories is path-breaking in its subject matter, methodology, and up-to-date reflection on the status of historical knowledge. It is hard to see how anyone can avoid using this important anthology in methodology and historiography courses.”—Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice


“Important and timely, this fascinating collection of tales from a multitude of repositories and record offices removes all sorts of archives from the historian’s grasp (though there are many extraordinary and brave historians writing here) and restores their meaning to politics and society, to the telling of individual and collective pasts.”—Carolyn Steedman, author of Dust: The Archive and Cultural History

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"Archive Stories is path-breaking in it subject matter, methodology, and up-to-date reflection on the status of historical knowledge. It is hard to see how anyone can avoid using this important anthology in methodology and historiography courses."— [RR; PP] Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082233688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822336884
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at archival issues October 4, 2008
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The book consists of a series of articles written by historians about their archival experiences. The articles present a variety of issues historians must face when visiting archives. Some of the issues are quite shocking, and others are expected. Nevertheless, the book certainly gives future historians tips on what to expect or beware of when visiting archives--whether foreign or domestic.

This book is used for graduate level courses. The non-historical minded person can easily read this without complication. It is not a difficult read, and if your not a historian or student of history and want to grasps the process of historical research--then check the book out. I would suggest all history student who plan to move onto graduate school to check this book out. It will highlight some of the difficulties when visiting archives that you may or may not know. Some of the articles (accounts) are very interesting. After-all, the articles are accounts of a variety of historians experiences in foreign archives, as well as domestic archives.
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