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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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The poverty of Australia’s recordkeeping history

Abstract.

The chapter surveys archival history writing in Australia, paying special attention to cases of acquisition and destruction of archives and their contemporary relevance. It argues a wider conceptual framework is needed to push the start point earlier than 1788, to broaden understandings of archives and what archivists do, to include recordkeeping systems and to deepen a focus on the history of the record. It ends with further research suggestions and a call for the development of a historical sociology of Australian recordkeeping.

Keywords

Australian recordkeeping

records destruction

Indigenous Australian recordkeeping

archival acquisition

archival research

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