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

Week 2: Introducing archives

Core reading

Chapter 1 of Millar, Laura, Archives : Principles and Practices (London: Facet, 2010)  

Recommended reading

Chapter 1 of Craven, Louise, What Are Archives?: Cultural and Theoretical Perspectives: A Reader (Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2008)

Further reading

Ferlanti, Federica, ‘Archives’, in A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches, ed. by Tracey Loughran (London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017)

Chapter 19 of Claus, Peter, and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012)

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Week 6: Approaching Primary Sources

Core reading

Chapter 5 of Tosh, John, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History (Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2010)  

Recommended reading

Chapter 4 of Black, Jeremy, and Donald M. MacRaild, Studying History, Fourth edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Chapter 18 of Claus, Peter, and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012)

Chapter 4 of Donnelly, Mark, and Claire Norton, Doing History (Abingdon, Oxon., UK; New York: Routledge, 2011)

Rublack, Ulinka, A Concise Companion to History (Oxford: University Press, 2011)

Further reading

Using primary sources

Barber, Sarah and C. M. Peniston-Bird, History beyond the text : a student's guide to approaching alternative sources (Abington, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2009)

Burke, Peter, Eyewitnessing : the use of images as historical evidence (London: Reaktion, 2001)

Dobson, Miriam and Benjamin Ziemann, Reading primary sources : the interpretation of texts from nineteenth- and twentieth-century history (London : Routledge, 2009)

Hudson, Pat, History by numbers : an introduction to quantitative approaches (London: Arnold, 2000) 

Sangha, Laura, and Jonathan P. Willis, Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources (London: Routledge, 2016)

Rosenthal, Joel Thomas, Understanding medieval primary sources : using historical sources to discover medieval Europe (New York: Routledge, 2011)

Different approaches to history

Berger, Stefan, Heiko Feldner, and Kevin Passmore, Writing History: Theory and Practice (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010)

Brewer, John, ‘Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life’, Cultural and Social History, 7.1 (2010), 87–109 <>.

Burns, R. M., Historiography: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies, 5 vols (London, New York: Routledge, 2006)

Woodham, Anna, and others, ‘We Are What We Keep: The “Family Archive”, Identity and Public/Private Heritage’, Heritage & Society, 10.3 (2017), 203–20 <>.

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Week 7: Project development

Core reading

Garthine Walker, ‘Historical Research’, in A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches, ed. by Tracey Loughran (London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017), pp. 123–38   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 22/11/2019) 

Recommended reading

Bombaro, Christine, Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars (Lanham [Md.]: Scarecrow Press, 2012)

Chapter 3 of Hare, J. Laurence, Jack Wells, and Bruce E. Baker, Essential Skills for Historians: A Practical Guide to Researching the Past. (London: Bloomsbury, 2019)

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Week 10: Responsible Research

Core reading

Scarre, Geoffrey F., ‘Privacy and the Dead’, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 19.1 (2012), 1–16 <  Available through Durham Research Online.  

Recommended reading

Gorman, Jonathan, ‘Historians and Their Duties’, History and Theory, 43.4 (2004), 103–17.

Chapter 7 of Millar, Laura, Archives : Principles and Practices (London: Facet, 2010)

Oliver, Paul, The Student’s Guide to Research Ethics (Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2010)

Southgate, Beverley, ‘“A Pair of White Gloves”: Historians and Ethics’, Rethinking History, 10.1 (2006), 49–61 <>.

Further reading

Lawrence, Susan C., Privacy and the Past: Research, Law, Archives, Ethics (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2016)

MacNeil, Heather, Without consent : the ethics of disclosing personal information in public archives ([Chicago, Ill.]; Metuchen, N.J.: Society of American Archivists ; Scarecrow Press, 1992)

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Week 18: Developing your output

Core reading

Chapter 11 of Claus, Peter, and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012)  

Recommended reading

Chapters 5 and 9 of Donnelly, Mark, and Claire Norton, Doing History (Abingdon, Oxon., UK; New York: Routledge, 2011)

Kalela, Jorma, ‘Making History: The Historian and the Uses of the Past’, in The Public History Reader, ed. by Paul Martin and Hilda Kean (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 105–28

Myers, Cayce, and James F. Hamilton, ‘Open Genre, New Possibilities: Democratizing History via Social Media’, Rethinking History, 19.2 (2015), 222–34 <>.

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Week 20: Whose archive?

Core material

Luster, Dominique, Archives Have the Power to Boost Marginalized Voices, TEDx (Pittsburgh, 2018) <> [accessed 5 December 2019].

Johnson, Valerie, '"Creating History”: Confronting the Myth of Objectivity in the Archive', Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association, 32 (2007), 28-143; doi:   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 22/11/2019) 

Recommended reading

Chapter 7 of Blouin, Francis X., and William G. Rosenberg, Processing the Past : Contesting Authority in History and the Archives (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Further reading

Brown, Richard Harvey, and Beth Davis-Brown, 'The Making of Memory: The Politics of Archives, Libraries and Museums in the Construction of National Consciousness', History of the human sciences., 11 (1998), 17-32; doi: 10.1177/095269519801100402

Cobain, Ian, The history thieves : secrets, lies and the shaping of a modern nation (London: Portobello Books Ltd, 2016)

Delva, Melanie, and Melissa Adams, ‘Archival Ethics and Indigenous Justice: Conflict or Coexistence?’, in Engaging with Archives and Records. Histories and Theories, ed. by Fiorella Foscarini, Bonnie Mak, Gillian Oliver, and Bonnie Mak (London: Facet Publishing, 2017), pp. 147–72

Greetham, David, 'Who’s in, Who’s Out: The Cultural Politics of Archival Exclusion', Studies in the literary imagination., 32 (1999), 1-28

Jimerson, Randall C.,  Archives power : memory, accountability, and social justice (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2009)

Lowry, James, ed., Displaced archives (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017)

van der Merwe, Ria, 'From a Silent Past to a Spoken Future. Black Women’s Voices in the Archival Process', Archives & records : the journal of the Archives & Records Association. (2017), 1-20.

Sadler, Rosa, and Andrew Martin Cox, '‘Civil Disobedience’ in the Archive: Documenting Women’s Activism and Experience through the Sheffield Feminist Archive', Archives & records : the journal of the Archives & Records Association. (2017), 1-16.

Stoler, Ann Laura, 'Colonial Archives and the Arts of Governance', Archival science., 2 (2002), 87-109; doi: 10.1007/bf02435632

Yaco, Sonia, and Beatriz Betancourt Hardy, 'Historians, Archivists, and Social Activism: Benefits and Costs', Archival science., 13 (2013), 253-72; doi: 10.1007/s10502-012-9187-0

This list was last updated on 05/12/2019