Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Processing the PastContesting Authorities in History and the Archives$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Francis X. Blouin, Jr and William G. Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740543.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 November 2020

Archival Authorities and New Technologies

Archival Authorities and New Technologies

(p.50) 3 Archival Authorities and New Technologies
Processing the Past

Francis X. Blouin Jr.

William G. Rosenberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

While it is obvious that the development of new information technologies has revolutionized communication, their effect on archives has been complicated and in some ways quite problematic. This chapter begins a discussion (continued in Chapter 10) by showing how emerging information technologies opened new possibilities for archives that required a radical change in archival training and management. Tracing the initial steps toward the development of on-line access systems, and then examining in some detail the implications for archives of born digital records, it discusses the problems of defining attributes of digital documents in comparison to those that are paper based, The chapter reviews the archivists’ “appraisal debates” and explains how archivists have marginalized historiographical authorities in favor of conceptualizations drawn solely from what was now called archival theory and from a broader sense of mission.

Keywords:   computer-based access, library model, MARC-AMC, Encoded Archival Description, Standard Markup Language, essentialism, appraisal, digital records, information technology, enduring value

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .