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HIST5020M Reading List

Making History: Archive Collaborations, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Kevin Linch
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General texts about archives

Recommended reading

Louise Craven, '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  

Valerie Johnson, '"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 Laura Millar, Archives : principles and practices  

Terry Cook, ‘“We Are What We Keep; We Keep What We Are”: Archival Appraisal Past, Present and Future’, Journal of the Society of Archivists, 32.2 (2011), 173–89 <>.  

Further reading

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

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

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

Richard J Cox and others, Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the Twenty-First Century : Essays in Honor of Richard J. Cox, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History of Archives

Terry Cook, '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 Laura Millar, Archives : principles and practices (London: Facet, 2010).  

Partnerships with Archives

Please read one of the following:

Paddy McNulty 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

Further reading

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

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

Fiorella Foscarini, 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).

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

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

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

Laura Millar, 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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Week 20: Archives and Public History

Core reading

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

Victoria Hoyle, 'Editorial: Archives and Public History', Archives & records : the journal of the Archives & Records Association., 38 (2017), 1-4.  

Recommended reading

'Archives for the 21st Century', The National Archives, < > [Accessed 20 July 2016]  

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

Rodney Harrison, Heritage: Critical Approaches (London: Routledge, 2013).

Emma Waterton and Steve Watson, Heritage and community engagement : collaboration or contestation? (London; New York: Routledge, 2011)

Further reading

Cheryl Avery and Mona Holmlund, Better off forgetting? : essays on archives, public policy, and collective memory (Toronto [Ont.]: University of Toronto Press, 2010).

Jeannette A. Bastian and Ben Alexander, Community archives : the shaping of memory (London: Facet, 2009).

Antoinette Burton, Archive stories : facts, fictions, and the writing of history (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press Books, 2005).

Abigail De Kosnik, Rogue Archives Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2016).

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

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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 29/07/2021