Whose archives? : conservation and creation of Africanist archives in the post-colonial era

TitleWhose archives? : conservation and creation of Africanist archives in the post-colonial era
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsM.E. de Bruijn, and J.C.M. Damen
Secondary TitlePaper presented in the "Archives of the post colony" panel, CODESRIA General Assembly, december 2011, Rabat
Date Published2011
Publication Languageeng

This paper discusses the search for hidden post-colonial archives on Africanist research and ways of making these available to scholars and the general public. These are diverse sets of archives: the personal archives of the scholar that are often hidden in 'trunks' at home, and the institutional archives in libraries in Africa. Modern technologies have also increased the archiving problem by adding hidden digitalized archives, namely the electronic archives on African websites and other electronic storage systems. And finally there are the digital archives of scholars to add to the list too. How can these archives be saved and made accessible to the wider scholarly community? Archiving should be a concern of both librarians and researchers/scholars who are faced with increased data-gathering possibilities and the need to store them electronically. How can we ensure that data is and will remain available in an open way? The practice of archiving will be explored in this paper, using the African Studies Centre in Leiden as an example. It is calling for collaboration between librarians and researchers to create 'living' archives of scholarly research and also of digital material that are 'open access'.

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/29793
Citation Key6740