Archival Representations of Immigration and Ethnicity in North American History: From the Ethnicization of Archives to the Archivization of Ethnicity

dc.contributor.authorDaniel, Dominique
dc.description.abstractThis article traces the representations of ethnicity and immigration in mainstream American and Canadian archives since the 1950s. It identifies three main periods of evolution of these ethnic archives: the era prior to the civil rights movement, the 1960–1980s and the 1990s and beyond. Relying on an understanding of archival collections as social constructions anchored in specific historical contexts, the article considers the various political, economic, social and technological factors that affected ethnic archives over time, especially as they relate to changing scholarly and popular conceptions of ethnicity in North America. It pays particular attention to the impact of historical scholarship in fields related to immigration and ethnicity and of postmodernist archival theories that challenge the traditional view of archives as evidence of the past. It suggests that the relationship between ethnic archives and their historical context is dialectical: not only are they affected by the context in which they are developed and managed, but they also have an impact on that context as they favor certain conceptions of ethnicity and types of ethnic groups at the expense of others. Both curators and users of archival materials should therefore pay closer attention to the history of the processes that went into the construction of these archives to avoid falling victims to the illusion of ethnic authenticity.en_US
dc.identifier.citationDaniel, D. (2014). Archival representations of immigration and ethnicity in north american history: From the ethnicization of archives to the archivization of ethnicity. Archival Science, 14(2), 169-203. doi:10.1007/s10502-013-9209-6en_US
dc.relation.departmentOU Librarieseng
dc.relation.journalArchival Scienceen_US
dc.subjectImmigration historyen_US
dc.subjectParticipatory archivingen_US
dc.subjectHistory of archivesen_US
dc.subjectHistorical research methodsen_US
dc.titleArchival Representations of Immigration and Ethnicity in North American History: From the Ethnicization of Archives to the Archivization of Ethnicityen_US


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