ERIC Number: EJ845303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
An Indexing Needle in an Intelligence Haystack: Methodological Approaches in Exploring the Documentation of British Military Intelligence
Brunt, Rodney M.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v39 n2 p92-98 2007
Experiences in researching the documentation of the intelligence (codename Ultra) produced by breaking Enigma at Government Code & Cypher School, Bletchley Park, 1939-45, are described. The major problems are identified and shown to lie in the obscurity of the associated processes, disguised as they were within general bureaucratic arrangements. This resulted in invisibility in both National Archives documents and publications in the field of military intelligence. This invisibility, along with difficulties in locating surviving veterans capable of illuminating such historical material as there is, demands detective work, serendipity and luck in addition to the normal skills of historical method in telling the story. (Contains 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Intelligence, Archives, Indexing, Military Science, National Security, Coding, Documentation, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Access to Information, Information Sources
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)