Archival Science

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 19–33

Cultivating archives: meanings and identities

Original paper


By cultivating archives through successive activations, people and communities define their identities. In these activations, the meanings of archives are constructed and reconstructed. Archives are not a static artifact imbued with the record creator’s voice alone, but a dynamic process involving an infinite number of stakeholders over time and space. Thus, archives are never closed, but open into the future. Furthermore, digital archives are always in a state of becoming, being created and recreated by technologies of migration and reconstruction.


Archives Meaning making Identities 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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