Appraisal of archives for acquisition: no privileged past


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Title Appraisal of archives for acquisition: no privileged past
Period 05 / 2008 - unknown
Status Completed
Research number OND1331309
Data Supplier Projectleider


In what way can archivists, make legitimate acquisition choices in a society of which they are part? Most of the time the collection of records, be it public or private, is carried out in a curious mixture of systematic and less structured, even haphazard labour. The case of the Netherlands, on a national and local level, illustrates this practice. Because of legislation public records in the Netherlands are subject to the systematic approach; the future of private records, however, is rather insecure. Keeping aside institutional archival organizations consistently aiming at collecting private records - like the International Institute for Social History (Amsterdam) or the Catholic Documentation Centre (Nijmegen) - in general their survival is due to clever operating individual archivists and, at times, a tribute to the kindness and compassion of the creator. Repositories, in general, lack an acquisition-policy and therefore, one could say, society's archival memory rests on caoutchouc pillars. Topic of Interest The acquisition of public and private archival collections by institutional archival organizations.

Related organisations

Secretariat Media Studies (UvA)

Related people

Researcher Drs. A.E.M. Jonker
Project leader Prof.dr. F.C.J. Ketelaar

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