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Archival Science

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1-12

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Introduction: memory ethics—or the presence of the past in the present

  • David A. WallaceAffiliated withSchool of Information, University of Michigan Email author 

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This special issue of Archival Science examines the orientations, paradoxes, and tensions evident in the ethical struggles over the construction of the past and the degree to which archival agency can intercede in supporting a broadly drawn historical justice that also engages contemporary issues. Inspired and framed by a May 2008 conference hosted by School of Information and Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the following essays offer case study examinations of how archival institutions and archivists contribute to societal memory systems through both their action and inaction, especially in regard to societal struggles over the meanings to be derived from the past.


Ethics Memory Justice Politics Power