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Archives Power: Memory, Accountability, and Social Justice

Randall C. Jimerson 


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Grounded in historical and social theory, this analysis of the power of archives and the role of archivists in society calls for renewed emphasis on remembrance, evidence, and documentation as a means of securing open government, accountability, diversity, and social justice, within an archival ethics of professional and societal responsibility.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

"Archives Power is a compelling read. Jimerson explores the intersecting realms of archive, memory, and narrative with the care of a scholar and the flair of a storyteller."

--VERNE HARRIS, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Dialogue, Nelson Mandela Foundation

"Essential reading for any scholar concerned with the nature of the 'archive,' with issues of memory, identity, and society's construction of its ever-evolving self-image. Jimerson clearly and convincingly situates the archivist as a key determining agent in constructing social memory, in actively co-creating the archive rather than merely being its passive curator. All those who use archives, and all those who wish to be effective archivists in today's cultural and technological climate, need to read this book carefully to understand often-ignored processes at work behind shaping 'the archive.'"

--TERRY COOK, Archival Studies, University of Manitoba

"This tour de force represents sustained research over 20 years, in which the author presents a unified argument about archives and society. Incorporating the published writings of literary figures and scholars in many disciplines, Archives Power is a must for all archive students, practitioners and educators."

--PATRICIA WHATLEY, Director, Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, Scotland

"[Archives Power's] stories of gaps (or "silences") in archival documentation can help historians to pursue their research in new ways and to ask more effective questions, while its critical look at archival practice provides researchers with valuable insight...engaging, fascinating, and a worthwhile read for all archivists and historians."

--JESSICA MILLER, Wayne State University, History News, Winter 2010

"[Archives Power] is inspiring on several levels, not the least of which is to remind us that we play a critical part in something much bigger and more important than most people realize."

--JULIE HERRADA, University of Michigan, Journal of Archival Organization, June 2010

"Jimerson's work can make a lasting impression for anyone who has a mandate to preserve, interpret, or understand the past."

--SANTI THOMPSON, University of South Carolina, The Public Historian, May 2010


Society of American Archivists (2009)
466 pp., soft cover

Product Code: BOOKSAA-0556
ISBN: 1-931666-30-X
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