Conscientious Bilingual Description: Treating problematic language in colonial records on the Qatar Digital Library
IntroductionThe British Library/Qatar Foundation Partnership is digitising records from multiple collections about the history of the Persian Gulf, with the vast majority coming from the India Office Records (IOR) collection. The records are freely available on a...
A Profession Waiting to Be Discovered
THE RESTORATION OF GRAPHIC DOCUMENTS, in archives, libraries, and other cultural institutions... While it may not be a new profession in great need of “discovery,” the subject of restoration having been broached on several occasions by Archivoz. Given the link...
Bates County, Missouri: Border War, Civil War, & Guerrilla Warfare
The Bates County Historical Society & Museum is located in Butler, Missouri along the western border of the state, about one hour south of Kansas City. It was established in 1961 and is celebrating 60 years of keeping the stories of her people alive and well....
Revealing watermarks – a remote collaboration between Conservation and Imaging
As for so many people, lockdown has meant huge changes to our working lives. As the conservation and imaging staff on a digitisation project, many aspects of our work rely on physical access to collection items, studios, and equipment, and at first it seemed...
The Coloniality of Dutch Archives: What can be done and on what terms?
In 2017, the National Archives of the Netherlands held a conference, ‘Rethinking the VOC’, highlighting the new research made possible now that their entire archive of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) had been digitized. The conference ended with a roundtable...
Mexicana in the Archives: Alfredo Bouret’s fashion illustrations
In 2019, the RMIT Design Archives (RDA) was delighted to host Masters of Cultural Heritage student Rebecca Lloyd. Rebecca’s internship focussed on the archive of Alfredo Bouret, in particular his illustrations of traditional Mexican costumes. When Rebecca began her...
We Can Decide Where to Stand: Advocating for Aboriginal Priorities as Archivists and Information Workers
Introduction One of my main professional interests relates to the intersections between practice and theory, and how we can lead transformation to reshape and support structural changes within cultural institutions. I believe archivists and information workers can...
Libraries as gardens
Libraries as Gardens is a sound project that wants to geolocate and map on a global scale the before, during, and after of the coronavirus lockdown, through people’s stories told and read in their personal libraries during quarantine and through their memories of...
Decolonising the Archive: Responsibilities for Researchers and Archive Professionals (Part II)
Write responsibly. Do not absorb the errors of the past but correct them. Finally, as archivists and researchers it is important that our writing does not entrench the errors of the past but aims to correct them in order to make collections, and writing about them,...
Decolonising the Archive: Responsibilities for Researchers and Archive Professionals (Part I)
Introduction Researchers and archivists working on colonial collections face a number of challenges arising from the historical contexts of these materials: where they came from, how they were brought together (or separated), and who has been their custodian. In...
‘Per Inspectionem Rotulorum’: the reference value of the early English Chancery Rolls (Part II)
The roll is a difficult instrument to manipulate and, as the National Archives handling instructions warn, has a mind of its own. The clerks were aware of its inadequacies and that is why they resolved to mark the regnal year and the sort of roll they were drawing...
Performance management of an archival kind: the NIDA Archives
About NIDA The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts across the full range of dramatic disciplines including acting, costume, design, directing, musical theatre, properties,...
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