“‘Hidden histories’ is not an accurate term when this material is accessible on our catalogues . . .”

Raises an interesting point, that’s come up before, of course. When scholars–or more often, journalists–talk about something being “discovered” in an archives, when it fact, it’s been cataloged and accessible for a long time. What responsibility does the archives have to promote materials that might be interesting? That’s a full time job, and of course, there’s a lot of stuff that’s potentially interesting to someone. Where does the responsibility of the archives end? How should the selection of which materials should be promoted be made?

http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/diversity-archives/

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“‘Hidden histories’ is not an accurate term when this material is accessible on our catalogues . . .”

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