Archival Science

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 343–357

Muniments and monuments: the dawn of archives as cultural patrimony

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10502-008-9060-3

Cite this article as:
Ketelaar, E. Arch Sci (2007) 7: 343. doi:10.1007/s10502-008-9060-3


Around 1800 the “paradigm of patrimony” recognized archives as cultural and national patrimony. That paradigm was, however, not a new revolutionary invention. It had been fostered by a “patrimony consciousness” which had developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The value of archives as a patrimony to future generations was acknowledged first in the private sphere by families and then by cities—communities of memory becoming communities of archives.


Social history of archives Antiquarians Patrimonalization 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MediastudiesUniversiteit van AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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