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ERIC Number: EJ884251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Gender, Memory, and History: In One Culture and across Others
Tucker, Susan; Bogadottir, Svanhildur
Journal of Archival Organization, v6 n4 p288-310 2008
In some circles, even in the early twenty-first century, there is still the perception that women keep memories and that men use archives. Women, it is believed, are more apt to hold private records and pass the first accounts of local and national stories to their children. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to be seen as the authors of larger public accounts. In the specific example of the Borgarskjalasafn Reykjavikur/the Reykjavik City Archives, male historians and male building inspectors are more frequent users than their female colleagues. Women are more apt to donate papers, but the papers tend to be those of their husbands and fathers. This article reports on an exploration of these examples in Iceland. Through a qualitative study involving interviews with archival researchers, the authors sought first to document examples of the passing of memories in specific acts involving research and publications, and second to record opinions about memory, history, and gender. These interviews were followed by a quantitative study involving surveys of Icelandic households in order to determine if either men or women had more frequently used Icelandic archives and if either men or women were more apt to be the keepers of family records. The findings from this two-part study document for the first time in any culture that women are gaining parity with men as memory seekers in archives, and that they are only slightly more often assigned the role of memory keepers in the home. On the other hand, the interviews suggest the rich complexity of memory studies for archivists, particularly so in an environment in which the worlds of evolving technologies and repositories, both real and virtual, meet. (Contains 44 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iceland