By Michael Piggott
Files and archival preparations in Australia are globally suitable simply because Australia's indigenous humans symbolize the oldest residing tradition on this planet, and since sleek Australia is an ex-colonial society now seriously multicultural in outlook. information and Societal Provenance explores this strong point utilizing the theoretical suggestion of societal provenance as propounded by way of Canadian archival students led by way of Dr Tom Nesmith. The book's seventeen essays mixture new writing and re-workings of previous paintings, comprising the fi rst textual content to use a societal provenance standpoint to a countrywide setting.
After a prologue through Professor Michael Moss entitled A prologue to the afterlife, this name contains 4 sections. the 1st considers ancient topics in Australian recordkeeping. the second one covers a number of the associations which make the Australian archival tale targeted, comparable to the Australian struggle Memorial and leading ministerial libraries. The 3rd discusses the formation of files. The fourth and ultimate half explores debates surrounding records in Australia. The e-book concludes through contemplating the concept of an archival afterlife.
- Presents fabric from a life's occupation operating and puzzling over documents and files and their a number of relationships with background, biography, tradition and society
- The first publication to concentration particularly at the Australian archival scene
- Covers a large choice of issues, together with: the theoretical suggestion of the documents continuum; census documents destruction; major Ministerial Libraries; and the documentation of war
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Extra info for Archives and Societal Provenance. Australian Essays
W. Russell, A Matter of Record: A History of Public Record Office Victoria (Melbourne: Public Record Office Victoria, 2003). J. Ryman, ‘Genesis of a Colonial Secretary’s office: the Queensland Colonial Secretary’s office and its records, 1859–1898’, Archives and Manuscripts (1970) 4 (2): 17–30. See Factors in the Administration and Use of Australian Departmental Archives, Penny’s PhD thesis (Australian National University, 1962), p. 67, and more generally Part II, Chapter 1, ‘The Registry at work: the development of recordkeeping systems’.
9 The Australians’ familiarity with its concepts and arguments did much to provoke the famous ‘old fossil’ jibe and lead him to include counter-arguments and definitions in Modern Archives. Political use One final Schellenberg point. It was with a certain vicarious pride that one learnt, while studying the day-to-day events, the extent to which Australians made political use of his presence. Senior archivally-minded librarians like White, McCallum and Stapleton ensured, through judiciously compiled lists, that decision-makers attended Schellenberg’s addresses and were introduced at receptions.
The Memorial’s more sustained and sensitive approach was confined to the recipients of letters and inheritors of diaries, specifically the next-of-kin of soldiers who had been killed, and saw the still grieving families playing a key role honouring the war dead through documentation. 39 Discernible within this variation is the role of a handful of individuals clearly shaping collecting. At the Public Library, Herbert Ifould and Hugh Wright were men in a hurry, ‘hungry, indeed greedy for new acquisitions’.
Archives and Societal Provenance. Australian Essays by Michael Piggott