Managing History Blog 2, On Public Memory

The two readings this week both related to ideas and recent controversies surrounding public memory. Of the two, David Glassberg’s essay “Public History and the Study of Memory” was particularly interesting for what it lead me to. When he cited George Lipsitz’s work regarding the negotiation that takes place among people between their viewership of …

Archives and Manuscripts Blog 4, Access

Earlier this month, Betty Corwin, the creator of the TOFT(Theatre on Film and Tape) Archive passed away at the age of 98. While I had only personally become familiar with the TOFT archive in the past year, it actually had been a motivating factor in my current academic work. Years ago I joked with friends …

Archives and Manuscripts Blog 3, Digital Archives and Control

White supremacy in this country and abroad has been of increasing concern in the past few years and it seems few areas are safe from the encroaching threat. While these groups and individuals using the internet to radicalize and recruit is not surprising, some of the methods that they’ve gone about it are. As part …

Managing History Blog 1

The readings for this week are united in part by a shared question of who owns public history, as well as who is most invested in public history. Dolores Hayden’s opening which recounts and analyzes a debate between Herbert J. Gans and Ada Huxtable which, despite Hayden’s further exploration of gender, class, and ethnicity in …

Archives and Manuscripts Blog Post 2, Meir Kahane’s Playboy Debut

Toward the end of my summer learning Yiddish at YIVO, I was able to spend some time with a friend researching Meir Kahane, co-founder of the Jewish Defense League, in the YIVO archive. They had plenty of material surrounding him and I was tasked by my friend with going through a folder that centered around …

Archives and Manuscripts, Blog Post 1 Regarding Digital Archives

In the archive, what constitutes greater accessibility and what will this seeming abundance of archival sources mean for historians? Ian Milligan’s recent article regarding the changing and increasingly digital nature of the archives is perceptive to note that a change in training for historians and archivists is in order. Milligan also openly wonders at what …