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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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Archives: an indispensable resource for Australian historians?

Abstract.

The chapter analyses a variety of claims made in Australia and elsewhere about how archives are discovered by and used by historians, and about the crucial importance of archives to the production of historical knowledge. When announcing acquisitions and bidding for funds, archivists and librarians can be just as deft as historians’ publicists at rhetorical flourishes. It is argued that rather than trite generalisations, more research by archivists and historians is needed to understand the role of archives in historical research discoveries.

Keywords

historians

historical discoveries

Australian history

Australian archival history

Archives are collections of records ...

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