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Archival Science

, 9:1 | Cite as

Minority reports: indigenous and community voices in archives. Papers from the 4th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA4), Perth, Western Australia, August 2008

  • Joanna SassoonEmail author
  • Toby Burrows
Original paper

Introduction

Since its inaugural conference in Toronto in 2003, the ICHORA (International Conference on the History of Records and Archives) movement has gathered pace with three further conferences: in Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007) and, for the first time in the southern hemisphere, Perth, Western Australia (2008).1 By providing space to discuss the history of archival institutions and records and the history of archival activities, ICHORA seeks to stimulate international and interdisciplinary discussions on the impacts and implications of these practices.

Archives in all forms are both practical and spiritual necessities and are part of the fundamental fabric of memory that forms the warp and weft of a community. The popular notion that the archive is the collective memory of a community or society has tended to characterize this as a passive function, with the collective memory of a community being built through passive and sedimentary accretion. In contrast, as Barbie Zelizer (1998...

Keywords

Collective Memory Child Migrant Community Voice Archival Science Community Archive 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

ICHORA4 received major financial support from the University of Western Australia and Western Australian Department for Indigenous Affairs and was underwritten by the Australian Society of Archivists. A range of universities and national and international archives and libraries specifically supported travel to the conference by Indigenous delegates and students. A History of Recordkeeping seminar was held in association with the joint ASA/ARANZ conference in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2005 to gauge interest in holding an ICHORA conference in Western Australia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edith Cowan UniversityMt LawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Scholars’ CentreUniversity of Western Australia LibraryCrawleyAustralia

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