Understanding archives & manuscripts

O'Toole, James M., 1950- author

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  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-228) and index.


  • Recording, keeping, and using information. The oral world ; The rise and spread of literacy ; Reasons for recording information ; The impulse to save ; The impulse to destroy ; The technology of record making ; Characteristics of recorded information in the modern age ; The usefulness of archives ; Conclusion -- The history of archives and the archives profession. Old World antecedents ; American origins : the two traditions ; Emergence of the archival profession ; The crucial decade : the 1930s ; Diversification and development ; Consolidation of professional identity ; Current issues ; The archivist's perspective : knowledge and values. Knowledge ; Values ; The archivist's task : responsibilities and duties. Planning ; Saving and acquiring archival records ; Organizing archival records ; Making archival records available ; Archivists and the challenges of new worlds. Postmodernism ; Internet time ; Ethics and security ; Symbolism and technology ; Advocacy and the archival mission ; Recordkeeping in the digital era ; Professionalism ; Conclusion
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