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This essay explores the archival principle of custody focusing on its evolution beyond post-custodialism. It argues that custody, while its outer trappings and shape may change, remains firmly rooted in the bedrock upon which archival theory and practice has been built. Considering many aspects...
In their Manual for the Arrangement and Description of Archives, Muller, Feith, and Fruin compared the accumulation of archival materials with the geological process of deposit of sedimentary materials. This metaphor remained embedded in the European archival traditions and has continued to be...
This paper looks at tariqa-based Sufism, the mystical aspect of Islamic practice, as an example of how archival thinking is used to traditionalize practices by way of religious memory. There is currently a lack of engagement in archival studies with religion and religious practices. Because we...
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine holds over 424 billion webpages, making it the largest publicly accessible archive in the world. Thus far, much of the research on the Machine has approached the technology using computational thinking. This type of thinking treats technology operationally,...
China is one of the world’s earliest civilisations with a written history extending back nearly five thousand years and an accompanying history of over three thousand six hundred years of archival work. The Three-Character Classic of Archival Work, a poem written in a traditional Chinese style,...
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