About two months ago I posted a list of the best articles I’ve been reading about the practice of archives and history since the pandemic began. I have another list.
I’ve decided to post keep posting these lists every time I get to 20 or so new readings. No matter if you’re a professional archivist or historian (or work in any other GLAM field or related area) or you are interested in learning more about how we document our past and make meaning out of it today, these pieces are for you.
Have you read something recently that challenged your thinking about history? It doesn’t have to be recently published, just something you read that make you think! Let us know in the comments so we can check it out too.
“Marion Stokes and the Power of Guerrilla Archiving” by Grace Hadland (April, 2020)
“‘The Devil Among the Antiquaries:’ Archivists and Arguements at the Tower of London” by Ed Woodhouse (June, 2020)
“‘A keen vision and feeling of all ordinary life:’ Pandemic Journaling in the History Classroom” by Michelle Orihel (July, 2020)
Note- This article quotes this passage from George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” (1872) that I really like: “If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
“Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, Protest, and the LIS Response” by Amelia Gibson, Renate Chancellor, Nicole Cooke, Sarah Park Dahlen, Beth Patin, and Yasmeen Shorish (July, 2020)
“Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives” by Melissa Nelson (March, 2020)
“Collecting Disability History” by Nicole Belolan (November, 2013)
“Teaching Research Strategies Through Social Media” by Kathryn Slover (May, 2020)
“Museum Careers Advice- How to Apply for Jobs” by Mark Carnall (January, 2016)
“Turing a Page Inside a Rural One-Room Library” by Jennifer Davidson (October, 2013)
“PDF: Still Unfit for Human Consumption, 20 Years Later” by Jakob Nielsen and Anna Kaley (August, 2020)
“In the Dark” by Stephen Wilson and Michael Ness (July, 2020)
“How Social Justice Slideshows Took Over Instagram” by Terry Nguyen (August, 2020)
“The Battle Between W.E.B. Du Bois and His White Editor Was an Early Reckoning Objectivity” by Jacob Rosenburg (August, 2020)
“Archives Have the Power to Boost Marginalized Voices” by Dominique Luster (June, 2018)
“Inner Meditations and Outer Resources for Understanding Library Conservation and Preservation as Racist or Anti-Racist” by Yasmin Dessem (July, 2020)
“Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves” by Fobazi Ettah (January, 2018)
“The Paradox of Time Capsules” by Erik Rangno (August, 2015)
“The Challenge to Being Inclusive in Museum Collections” by Marian Carpenter (June, 2019)
“It is not Hans Sloane who has been erased from history, but his slaves” by David Olusoga (August, 2020)