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Historical Reminiscents

Jan 17, 2018

This episode was inspired by Colleen Burgess' and Thomas Peace's recent Active History post "19th Century Legacies in 21st Century Historical Research Practice."  Using their work as a jumping off point I talk about descriptive practices within in archives and museums and discuss standard vocabularies, hegemony, and...


Dec 20, 2017

In the final episode of my mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I talk about all the access and archival labour feels. I reflect on why access is at the core of what archivists do, why we don't 'just digitize everything', and the challenges of managing researcher expectations. Missed part one of this...


Dec 14, 2017

In part four of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I discuss preservation best practices and why preservation is a fundamental part of making archival records accessible. I chat about  my favourite resources and tools for teaching about preservation. Missed part one of this series? Listen to it...


Dec 7, 2017

In part three of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I tackle the work of archival description and talk about the intellectual work goes into descriptive practices. I also discuss my favourite strategies for teaching about description and the inherent challenges of describing records using RAD.  Missed...


Nov 30, 2017

In part two of the mini-series on "Demystifying Archival Labour" Krista McCracken tackles the work of archival arrangement. She talks about how archives are organized, archival arrangement principles and how to teach about arrangement in the classroom. Krista also discusses the idea of alternative arrangements as...