Community archives and the creation of living knowledge

Popple, S., Mutibwa, D. H. and Prescott, A. (2020) Community archives and the creation of living knowledge. In: Popple, S., Prescott, A. and Mutibwa, D. H. (eds.) Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices. Series: Connected communities. Policy Press: Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9781447341895 (doi: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0001)

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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.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Prescott, Professor Andrew
Authors: Popple, S., Mutibwa, D. H., and Prescott, A.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
Publisher:Policy Press

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