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Of Mind and Matter: the archive as object

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posted on 2018-02-06, 14:35 authored by Peter Lester
Archives are not only sources of evidence and information; they are also material objects with physical, tangible characteristics such as size, weight and colour. Moreover, the way in which researchers and visitors to archives respond to them may not just be intellectual, but sensory and emotional as well. Despite this, it is the informational content of archives which is routinely given prominence over their material properties. In this article, I discuss some of the recent literature regarding the physical and material properties of archives and consider why and how their materiality is often unacknowledged. In considering our response to archives, I argue that our engagement with archival records is a holistic experience, in which cognitive and physical reactions shape one another. Using the concept of the ‘body schema’ as a tool to understand how these reactions occur, the paper frames these discussions around specific examples of exhibited archives at the Petit Palais in Paris.

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This research is part of a wider doctoral project which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Citation

Archives and Records, 2018, 39:1, pp. 73-87.

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Archives and Records

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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2325-7962

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2325-7989

Acceptance date

2017-11-17

Copyright date

2018

Available date

2018-02-06

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23257962.2017.1407748

Language

en

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