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ERIC Number: EJ1150059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Getting Personal: Personal Archives in Archival Programs and Curricula
Douglas, Jennifer
Education for Information, v33 n2 p89-105 2017
In 2001, Catherine Hobbs referred to silences around personal archives, suggesting that these types of archives were not given as much attention as organizational archives in the development of archival theory and methodology. The aims of this article are twofold: 1) to investigate the extent to which such silences exist in archival education programs; and 2) to suggest reasons why the study of personal archives should be more fully integrated into such programs. The article reports findings of a small, exploratory study of archival education program descriptions and course syllabi that looked for evidence of the teaching of personal archives. After showing how limited an explicit focus on personal archives in archival education appears to be, the author suggests that teaching personal archives can provide a means of highlighting gaps in and challenging traditional archival theory; contributing to the developing understanding of the affective dimensions of archives and archival work; and reinvigorating archival advocacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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