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Renhet och smuts i personarkivet: Ett antropologiskt perspektiv på ordnandet och förtecknandet av personarkiv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Personal archives are a largely neglected subject in archival theory. Among the consequences of this is the absenceof any general established or formalized practices when it comes to arrangement and description. Thisstudy opposes the notion that an archival institution without formal systems of arrangement and description doesnot order and describe archives in accordance with a general conceptual framework of a correct order. Supportingitself on the anthropological theory of Mary Douglas on dirt and cleanliness, it studies the implicit notions oforder that can be found in the archival descriptions of the personal archives kept by the Swedish national archives.Several patterns where revealed by the study: among them the primacy of quantity stood out. The vaguesystem of categories based on Martin Grass description model appears only to be employed loyally where quantitiesof the particular categories are such that they constitute complete volumes, which seem to be the cardinaljustifier of categorical division within the archive. The model itself is rarely applied with orthodoxy, and itsroughness often means that the categories engage in “border clashes” over which documents belong in whichcategory. Though these are often caused and generally determined by quantities, they also reveal an internalhierarchy of relations between specific types of records and categories. Furthermore, certain categories appearsmore stable than others, and when Grass system collapses, it reveals how certain of them – based on a principleof pertinence or theme – habitually fall out of use whereas categories defined by document types appear to remainfar more stable even in smaller archives and archives with low degree of differentiation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 78 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 134
Keyword [en]
Personal archives, arrangement, disorder, description, archival inventories, Mary Douglas, purity and danger, riksarkivet, Martin Grass.
Keyword [sv]
Personarkiv, ordnande, förtecknande, Mary Douglas, renhet och fara, riksarkivet, ordning, arkivförteckningar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253299Local ID: 134OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253299DiVA: diva2:814033
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-05-26 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2015-05-29Bibliographically approved

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