What’s your favorite archives-related book?

I just threw this question out on Twitter so I thought I’d post it here too. In the spirit of the end of year top ten lists which are now beginning to pop up, what’s your favorite archives-related book? Or the best you’ve read recently? Or books that made you think differently about archives (could be technology related)?

 

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7 thoughts on “What’s your favorite archives-related book?”

  1. Speedy response from Twitter: The arrangement and description of archives amid administrative and technological change : essays and reflections by and about Peter J. Scott. Published in 2010 by the Australian Society of Archivists.

  2. A few months ago, I read “Codex” by Lev Grossman, which might involve more the area of “rare books” than “archives”. I was attracted to it as I was browsing the shelves because it was a codex with the word “Codex” on it. How very meta! And I was pleasantly rewarded for picking it up; I did enjoy the novel.

  3. I often find myself pressing a copy of “The Island of Lost Maps” on fellow archivists. The true crime story by Miles Harvey suffers from the standard problems of self-insertion to the story, but is overall worthwhile reading for anyone in charge of a collection.

  4. I just finished Shermer’s “The Believing Brain.” While he doesn’t discuss archives at all, the case he makes for the brain to make all sorts of false assumptions reaffirms for me how important it is to have archival records to use to validate memory and belief.

  5. Thanks, all, for you suggestions. Two more from Twitter:

    – Oral History and Public Memories, eds. Hamilton and Shopes
    – Discovery of Witches

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