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HIST5020M Reading List

Making History: Archive Collaborations, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Kevin Linch
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General texts about archives

Recommended reading

Craven, Louise, 'From the Archivist's Cardigan to the Very Dead Sheep: What Are Archives? What Are Archivists? What Do They Do?', in What are archives? : cultural and theoretical perspectives : a reader, ed. by Louise Craven (Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 7-30

Johnson, V., '"Creating History”: Confronting the Myth of Objectivity in the Archive', Archives, 117 (2007), 28-143. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Chapter 1 of Millar, Laura, Archives : principles and practices

Background reading

Blouin, Francis X. Jr., and William G. Rosenberg, Processing the past : contesting authority in history and the archives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, c.2011).

Cloonan, Michèle Valerie, Preserving our heritage : perspectives from antiquity to the digital age ISBN: 9781856049467 : £59.95 (London: Facet Publishing, 2015).

Corens, Liesbeth and others, Archives & Information in the Early Modern World, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Craven, L., What are archives : cultural and theoretical perspectives a reader? (Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2008).

Derrida, Jacques, Archive fever : a Freudian impression (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Eastwood, Terry, and Heather MacNeil, Currents of archival thinking (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2010).

Gaillet, Lynée Lewis, Diana Eidson, and Don Gammill, Landmark essays on archival research (2016).

Moss, Michael, 'Archivist: Friend or Foe? ', Records management journal (London, England), 15 (2005), 104-14; doi: 10.1108/09565690510614256

Schwartz, Joan M., and Terry Cook, 'Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory', Archival science., 2 (2002), 1-19; doi: 10.1007/bf02435628.

Stoler, Ann Laura, Along the archival grain : epistemic anxieties and colonial common sense (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).

History of Archives

Cook, T., 'What Is Past Is Prologue: A History of Archival Ideas since 1898, and the Future Paradigm Shift', Archivaria, 43 (1997), 17-63.

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Week 3: Archival practice and Building research partnerships

Core reading

Archival practice

Chapter 11 of Millar, Laura, Archives : principles and practices (London: Facet, 2010).  

Partnerships with Archives

Please read one of the following:

McNulty, Paddy, and Mairead O’Rourke, 'A Guide to Collaboration for Archives and Higher Education', (2018) <>. 

AHRC, 'Partnership Working in the Arts and Humanities: A Guide to Good Practice', (2013). - < >

Recommended reading

National Archives website - Developing partnerships

Background reading

Delsalle, Paul, A history of archival practice ISBN: 9781409455240 (hardback : alkaline paper); 9781315564821 (e-book) (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017).

Duranti, Luciana, and Patricia C. Franks, Encyclopedia of archival science ISBN: 9780810888111 (e-book) (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Foscarini, Fiorella, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mak, and Gillian Oliver, Engaging With Records and Archives : histories and theories ISBN: 9781783301607 (ebook) : £59.95; 9781783301584 (pbk.) : £59.95 (London: Facet Publishing, 2017).

Gracy, Karen F., Emerging Trends in Archival Science, (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). 

Hill, Jennie, The future of archives and recordkeeping : a reader ISBN: 9781856048675 (e-book) (London: Facet Pub., 2011).

Matassa, Freda, Valuing your collection : a practical guide for museums, libraries and archives ISBN: 9781783301881 (hbk.) : £109.95; 9781783301874 (pbk.) : £54.95 (London: Facet Publishing, 2017)

Millar, Laura, Archives : principles and practices ISBN: 9781856048859 (e-book) (London: Facet, 2010). 

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Week 5: Project Development and Management

Further reading

Association for Project Management, APM body of knowledge ISBN: 1903494133, 6th Edition edn (Princes Risborough, Bucks.: Association for Project Management, 2012) 

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Themes and debates

In sessions where we discuss themes, trends, and debates in archives, you'll choose from a list of topic.

The following places are starting points to look for material for these sessions:




Archives & records : the journal of the Archives & Records Association. ISSN: 2325-7962

Archives and manuscripts

Archival science

ISSN: 1389-0166

Journal of the Society of Archivists

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Records Management Journal

Societies and organisations

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference

International Council on Archives

The Archives and Records Association

The National Archives, Archives Sector 

The Collections Trust

Information and Records Management Society

This list was last updated on 02/09/2019