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Imagining Archives: Essays and Reflections by Hugh A. Taylor
Hugh A. Taylor is one of the most important thinkers in the world of archives. He was an archivist in England for nearly 15 years before moving to Canada and continuing his career in 1965. The 15 essays in this volume, written between 1969 and 1997, are presented in chronological order so readers can appreciate the broadening evolution and rich interconnections in Taylor's thought, and each concludes with an additional reflection written in 2000.
These essays link archives to social life and contemporary ideas. Long before postmodern scholars' recent fascination with "the archive," Taylor was intent on constructing archives anew, imagining them as places where archivists connect their records with social issues, with new media and technologies, with the historical tradition of archives, with the earth's ecological systems, and with broader spiritual meaning.
This book also features two original essays by Terry Cook (visiting professor in the postgraduate archival studies program at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of SAA) and Gordon Dodds (who has worked at the Archives of Ontario, National Archives of Canada, and Archives of Manitoba).
Association of Canadian Archivists
Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Society of American Archivists
(2003) 254 pp., soft cover