Missed connections: looking for everything in the archives
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Archivists are commonly asked by researchers to produce everything available about a particular topic. While understandable from a researcher standpoint, fulfilling the request is a challenge. Unlike library holdings, archival material is rarely described to the item-level. This makes it difficult for archivists to do more than point researchers to where everything about a particular topic could be. The result is a persistent disconnect between researcher expectations and archival practice. This instructional resource explores that disconnect by exploring why it isn’t possible to ever obtain everything about X held in an archives or, more importantly, to bypass the sometimes daunting and unglamourous work of archival research.
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Danielle Robichaud (2017). Missed connections: looking for everything in the archives. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/12048
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