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A discourse on shadows: archive ideals and ideal archives How access and preservation shape the performance of archival discourse

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Title: A discourse on shadows: archive ideals and ideal archives How access and preservation shape the performance of archival discourse
Authors: Yim, Matthew
Issue Date: May 2007
Abstract: Archival science and library science are both aspects of information science. The genealogy of each discipline is different They have come from very different origins, but due to the stories of individual libraries and archives they often have shared beginnings. Especially in Hawaii, the history of local repositories is often found in the library. I don't mean to trace the histories of individual archives in Hawaii. Rather, I want to analyze how and why archivists negotiate the many forces that impact their repositories. I believe a part of this negotiation involves the interpretation, or in some cases reinterpretation, of perfect forms to create systems that help the archive to function properly. These perfect forms I mention are Platonic in essence. I arrived at this analysis by following a methodology unique to Hawaii. Hawaii is a unique place on many levels. One of these aspects is described by the 'olelo no'eau, or words of wisdom, nana i ke kumu-look to the source. There are many practices in archives that come down through tradition. It isn't important just to continue performing these tasks, we should identify why we perform them and why certain interpretations have been made by various regimes over time. Since, this thesis explores interpretations of different repositories in Hawaii, I proceeded with my exploration, using this 'olelo no'eau as a guide. My na'au interprets these words in many different ways, including a way to analyze and explain present practice by looking to their origins. This would indicate that all practices can be traced to an origin. It is these original practices that I am interpreting as Platonic perfect forms.
Description: Thesis (M.L.I.S.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007.
Pages/Duration: ix, 87 leaves
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