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ERIC Number: EJ929539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Bringing Bertillon Back: The Preservation and Research Application of Bertillon Materials in Museums, Archives, and Historical Societies
Gridack, Paige
Journal of Archival Organization, v7 n4 p188-213 2009
Bertillon cards are underutilized resources, often regarded as the remnants of an antiquated nineteenth century police identification system. Through the application of computer search techniques, data manipulation, and outreach, not only can institutions provide their patrons access to this unique information, these collections can in turn help revitalize their respective repositories. This article begins with a brief history of Alphonse Bertillon and his system (Bertillonage). The remainder describes the results from a survey submitted to eleven institutions that hold Bertillon materials and compares their preservation, storage, and accessibility; compiles common research subjects; and examines the added value of technology to these documents. (Contains 69 notes and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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