I pursue a better understanding of archives work, jazz style.


Well how about that!  The folks at the Connecticut Historical Society just posted about scrapbooks today too.


3 responses

  1. I am far too lazy to scrapbook, but I think the derision for the hobby stems from the fact that it is mostly done by women. In fact scrapbooks are often quite artistic and thorough documents of family history.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

  2. This has been really interesting, thanks! I’m not sure if these fit into the same definition as scrap books but in my current job, and previous post, I’ve come across scrap books by filmmakers, which I consider to be of a great deal of value. For example a scrapbook by the film director Lindsay Anderson, containing newspaper cuttings, drawings, and quotes that inspired him in the making of ‘Britannia Hospital’ is a wonderful insight into his creative process and the development of the idea for the film. In my current job it is scrapbooks by amateur filmmakers – quite often containing press cuttings about the films they’ve made and about the events their cineclub has organised. My experience of my, and colleagues, reactions to scrapbooks then has been oohs and aahs rather than groans.
    Serious scholarly writing on appraisal of scrapbooks – that sounds like a fantastic topic for a PHd or a Masters dissertation!

    March 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

  3. Thanks for pointing out some of the dimensions of connection between the 19c scrapbooks often made of newspaper clippings that have come to so many archives and collections, and the memorabilia and photo-centered scrapbooks produced in the present. I’ve explored both this desire to save and archive that scrapbooks embody, and the fact that bricks and mortar archives are sometimes hostile to scrapbooks, in my book Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Scissors-American-Scrapbooks-Renaissance/dp/0199927693/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352339133&sr=8-1&keywords=writing+with+scissors+garvey

    I’d love to hear what archivists think of it!

    November 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

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