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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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Documenting Australian business: invisible hand or centrally planned?

Abstract

The chapter argues that the most intractable challenge the Australian archives and records sector faces is business recordkeeping. Reviewing some of the personal, professional and governmental factors behind this assessment, the author lists conditioning factors which are now directly and indirectly shaping business records as areas to influence. Although possible business sectors and categories are suggested for targeting, the urgency remains to develop a national framework for identifying ‘important’ or ‘significant’ Australian businesses to document.

Keywords

business archives

business recordkeeping

documentation strategy

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