Archival Science

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 109–129 | Cite as

Introducing critical race theory to archival discourse: getting the conversation started

  • Anthony W. DunbarEmail author


This article introduces the application of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to archival discourse in order to demonstrate how such a critical and analytical approach can help identify and raise social and professional consciousness of implicit racial bias. To demonstrate the potential of CRT, the paper discusses how the terminology and methodological structures of CRT might be applied to some aspects of archival theory and practice. The paper concludes that CRT can contribute to a diversified archival epistemology that can influence the creation of collective and institutional memories that impact underrepresented and disenfranchised populations and the development of their identities.


Critical race theory Archival terminology Discourse Recordkeeping practice Social justice Counter story Microaggression Record Identity Social construct Underrepresented population Marginalized population Disenfranchised population Collective memory Institutional memory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Education and Information StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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