FIELD TRIP: New York City Municipal Archives, with Marcia Kirk, Archives and Research Associate, NYC Department of Records and Information Services.
- Meet at 4:00 at 31 Chambers @ Centre St. Take 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge. Please bring picture ID.
READINGS [here’s a summary handout]
To provide some context for our field trip:
Some canonical archival theory, and some insight into how archives work:
- We’re reading this because we cannot escape it: Jacques Derrida, “Note” + “Exergue” in Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (University of Chicago 1996): 1-23.
- Marlene Manoff, “Theories of the Archives from Across the Disciplines,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4:1 (2004): 9-25 [stop at “Additional Formulations…” on p. 18].
- Trevor Owens, “What Do You Mean by Archive?” The Signal (February 27, 2014).
- Jessa Lingel, “This Is Not an Archive,” Jessa Lingel (November 5, 2013).
- “What Do Archivists Keep (Or Not)?” Archives @ Peel Art Gallery (April 4, 2018) and “How Do Archivists Describe Collections? (Or, How to Read a Finding Aid)” Archives @ Peel Art Gallery (February 29, 2016) [there are lots of great posts on the PAMA Archives blog].
Applications: on processing unorthodox collections:
- Jennifer Ulrich, “Transmissions from the Timothy Leary Papers: Applying Archival Processing,” NYPL Archives Blog (March 26, 2012);
- “Networked Q&A with Marvin Taylor,” NYU Workshop in Archival Practice Blog (April 20, 2012) and the Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base Taylor and his team launched five years later.
Ariella Azoulay, “Archive,” trans. Tal Haran, in Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon 1 (2012); Antoinette Burton, “Introduction: Archive Fever, Archive Stories” in Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History, ed. Burton (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005): 1-24; Terry Cook, “What is Past is Prologue: A History of Archival Ideas Since 1898, and the Future Paradigm Shift,” Archivaria 43 (Spring 1997): 17-63; Wolfgang Ernst, Digital Memory and the Archive, ed. Jussi Parikka (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012); Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives, trans. Thomas Scott-Railton (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013); Sigmund Freud, “A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad” (1925) In General Psychological Theory: Papers on Metapsychology (New York: Collier, 1925); Geert Lovink, Interview with German Media Archaeologist Wolfgang Ernst, Nettime (26 February 2003); Tim Maly, “Dark Archives” Contents 5 (March 2013); *D. T. Max, “Final Destination” New Yorker (June 2007) [on the Ransom Humanities Research Center]; Jussi Parikka, “Archive Dynamics: Software Culture and Digital Heritage” In What Is Media Archaeology? (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012): 113-122; Part 3 of The Hairpin’s “Ask an Archivist” series (September 4, 2012); Sven Spieker, “Freud’s Files” In The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2009): 34-49; Carolyn Steedman, “Something She Called a Fever: Michelet, Derrida, and Dust” The American Historical Review 106:4 (October 2001): 1159-1180; Kate Theimer, “A Distinction Worth Exploring: ‘Archives’ and ‘Digital Historical Representations,’” American Historical Association Conference, Washington, DC, January 3, 2014.
ON ARCHIVAL LABOR: Hillel Arnold, “Critical Work: Archivists as Maintainers,” Hillel Arnold (August 2, 2016); Michelle Caswell, “’The Archive is not an Archives’: Acknowledging the Intellectual Contributions of Archival Studies,” Reconstruction 16:1 (2016); Eira Tansey, “Archives Without Archivists,” Reconstruction 16:1 (2016) [on archival labor + processing].