The chapter explains, after a consideration of alternatives such as archival terroir, why Tom Nesmith’s articulation of societal provenance is the preferred framework for a focus on the distinctiveness of the Australian archives and records landscape. The question of terminology is also discussed, as are terms and phrases such as Australia and the Australian people. The challenge of applying societal provenance to an entire society is noted, together with the structure of the ensuing chapters (history, institutions, formation and debates).
Australian archives and records
… records have what might be called a societal provenance.
Associate Professor Tom ...