Schellenberg in Australia: meaning and precedent


In 1954, a senior member of the US National Archives and Records Service, Dr T.R. Schellenberg, visited Australia to assist the Commonwealth and State governments with advice and training. The chapter describes and assesses the impact of that visit. It also considers the visit’s deeper meaning as a possible instance of what has been termed a cultural cringe, an excessive tendency to look overseas for help and an assumption that this source of thinking and practice is superior. Finally, the visit is discussed in the context of later visits since 1954 and increasingly from the late 1980s from other internationally renowned archivists such as Professor Eric Ketelaar.


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