An important aspect of my discussion, as I now envision it, will be that silences in the archives have historically been filled–sometimes–by materials preserved by private collectors or communities. Where official or organizational records are silent, materials preserved by others can fill the gap. Sometimes those are transferred to repositories eventually, sometimes they’re not. So in our time one way (but not the only one) to address archival silences is to benefit from post-custodial arrangements. Again, this is just a note to myself, so I don’t feel the need to expand on this idea right now. Just wanted to note it while I thought of it.