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Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, and Daniel Mutibwa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.001.0001

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Community archives and the creation of living knowledge

Community archives and the creation of living knowledge

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(p.1) 1 Community archives and the creation of living knowledge
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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
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Simon Popple

Daniel H. Mutibwa

Andrew Prescott

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0001

This chapter describes the community archives and corresponding developments over the course of the 20th century. It tracks the rise of an ‘archival multiverse’, which has transformed the way in which collective memories are curated. The growth of the archival multiverse reflects many intellectual, cultural, technological, social, and political currents. The most significant of these developments is the growth of community archives and the active participation of ordinary citizens in their formation. As community archives have become more widespread and influential, the professional archive community has started to radically rethink many of its own assumptions about how archives are created, preserved, and made available. This chapter briefly considers this phenomenon, asking what the notion of ‘community’ entails within this context and how archives have ‘turned’ in its direction. Finally, the chapter looks at how digital tools have helped to shape the growth of community archives.

Keywords:   community archives, archival multiverse, professional archive community, archival power, digital archives, collective memories

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