Doing Fieldwork in Indigenous Communities

The 30 Second Archive

Annelie De Villers, eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Archivists deal with the storage, maintenance and accessibility of unpublished information and knowledge within our societies. Those who access archives down the track are influenced by the way in which the information is represented, therefore what we do has political and cultural ramifications.

Ever heard the phrase ‘history is written by the victors’? People who own knowledge or information have power over the way in which future generations remember certain events, or even, certain groups within society. Therefore archives can empower or disempower.

I work as a research archivist at the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre. The majority of the time I am lucky enough to I work on a project called ‘Return, reconcile, renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future’.

The Return, Reconcile, Renew project records the history…

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Bringing Archives to Life

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This photo titled ‘William Keye and Mary Jane Roberts making straw hats: Riviera Beach, Florida’ was taken by Charles Foster in 1939.
I’ve photoshopped William and Mary onto vintage wallpaper.
Archival photo persistent URL: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/166225

Volunteers in Australian Archives

hands-people-woman-workingWhy do volunteers choose to contribute thousands of unpaid hours per week to Australian archives? This paper presents the results of a nationwide web survey that provides insight into the demographics, motivations, and experiences of volunteers in Australian archives.

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Demystifying the Copyright Amendment Bill

questionsanswersWhat does the Copyright Amendment Bill actually mean for archivists and archival organisations? Jessica Coates of The Australian Libraries and Copyright Committee was generous enough to answer my questions.

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2017 Aus Women Writers Challenge

pexels-photo-287335This year I will be partaking in the Australian Women Writers Challenge which ‘was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women’. Throughout 2017 I will be reading and reviewing at least 6 books which are authored by female Australians and are related to the following subject matters:

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2016: The Pact that Proves the Value of New Professionals

hotairballoon.jpegBeing a new archival professional is terrifying. You are scared of stepping on toes, of being viewed as competition, of making a fool of yourself. Often this means that we hesitate to step out of our comfort zones.

Unless of course, you make a pact with a colleague…

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Innovative Archivists as Drivers of Change

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Innovative archivists know three things:

  1. Archival systems are infrastructure
  2. Archival infrastructure is man-made
  3. That which is man-made can be man-unmade

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