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Reconstructing a Life: The Archival Challenges of Women's History

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Title: Reconstructing a Life: The Archival Challenges of Women's History
Author(s): Sachs, Honor R.
Subject(s): Women's studies Archives Collaboration
Abstract: The field of women’s history emerged and developed through the joint efforts of scholars, librarians, and archivists. When the field emerged in the early 1970s, the combined labor of individuals in these academic disciplines unearthed otherwise obscure archival evidence, shaped a new framework for research, and fueled dynamic inquiry into the historic experiences and modern understandings of women’s lives. Despite such collaborative origins, historians do not always incorporate a broad understanding of library and archive practice into their scholarship. By illustrating efforts to reconstruct the life of one eighteenth-century woman on the Kentucky frontier, this essay illustrates how knowledge of archival collection and provenance provides vital perspective on historic experience. Given the long tradition of collaboration between librarians, archivists, and women’s historians, this essay suggests that renewed attention to such relationships will provide important new opportunities for future research.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 56 (3) Winter 2008: 650–666.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2008 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-03-26

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