Archive as sympoiesis – The absence of university partnership of the ASA’s archivization in the 1970s

Abstract

 Presenter (s) Yu Sun, Pennsylvania State University

Though archives are records of history, the selection and preservation of archives are influenced by multiple political dynamics and power relations. As sympoiesis, the establishment of a disciplinary archive can be affected by the interaction among professional associations, universities, government, and foundations. This study, taking the establishment of the American Sociological Association Archives as an example, investigates the role of university partnership in archivization. The review of the difficult preservation shows that archives of an academic association works better with a collegiate repository than a governmental repository.

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