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Archives Research

A fervor, not a fever

I was working on a revision of an article this a.m and reread Verne Harris’s “POSTMODERNISM AND ARCHIVAL APPRAISAL: SEVEN THESES.” I regularly teach this piece in an appraisal class, but I was struck by a line this morning. Harris remarked, “Who would want to be an appraiser? Only the feverish”. This line directly references […]

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History

Historic Juxtaposition

Working on another research project this afternoon, I stumbled across this image. I immediately recognize the stereotyping of an African American man as a jovial waiter happily ready to serve a cold beer. This type of imagery was common in print and media through the early part of the twentieth century. So why did this […]

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History

The Problem with the Pinkertons

Recently, the security company that owns the IP attached to the vernarable complicated and tarnished name of Pinkerton decided to send a cease and desist letter to Rockstar games requesting payment for use of their name in Red Dead Redemption 2. Take-Two, the publisher of the game, has since countersued the Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, […]

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Records Management

Georgia Open Records and the News

I won’t say that 2016 and the start of 2017 has been good for discussion of access to public records in Georgia. I will say that it’s been interesting. These stories help me teach students about the importance of governmental records management and archives. Specifically the importance of these activities for an open and transparent […]

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Case Studies Research

Case Study: An Night at the Museum (Outreach Case Study)

Here’s a new case study on outreach.

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Case Studies

Case Study: That’s the Way the boxes Tumble

Here’s a new introductory case study on arrangement: That’s the Way the Boxes Tumble. This case study is designed for an introduction to arrangement. It could be used in class for formative assessment purposes.  It could also be used as an online discussion board prompt for formative assessment.    

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Exam Season

I have a history of using meme’s to announce exam period is beginning. I confess to using bleak cultural reference to do this because it makes me giggle.  Hopefully a bit of humor breaks up the test taking stress. I know I always appreciated it as a student. Here’s to finals season. May the odds be […]

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Freud, Derrida and Electronic Records – Beginnings

For some reason, hubris, scholarly ambition or possibly madness, I’ve begun an extremely slow and careful reading of Archive Fever by Derrida. Often times postmodern issues, this work in particular, crop up in classes, research and impolite conversation, and I felt that it was needed to really give it a careful reading and test my […]

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To Know the World – Thinking about Archival Appraisal

To know the world, one has to penetrate it as deeply as possible. I recently came across this quote by Ryszard Kapuscinski in a Vice article. I was completely unfamiliar with Kapuscinski either the journalist or the author before stumbling into this bit of text in a, but this quote really got me thinking about the course on […]

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Research What I'm Reading

Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? – The New Yorker

I’m reading this with my class this week. It’s a great discussion piece, but if I’m honest because the author references Kuhn, I had to have them read and discuss it. Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? – The New Yorker.