Sixth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives
University of Texas at Austin

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Exploring Shared Heritage in the History of Archives with Libraries, Information Science/Documentation, Preservation/Conservation, and Museums


Sponsored by:
ut ischool briscoe center for american history harry ransom center hollinger metal edge

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Conference dates: August 2-4, 2012
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Twenty-first century archivists and librarians, information scientists and documentalists, preservation administrators and conservators, and museum professionals share a common rich enterprise of managing information. Yet the fields of each through time have included work that others stake as their province. Consequently through the centuries this shared heritage often has been honored in rivalry grounded

  • in the different purposes archivists and librarians, museum curators and administrators, information scientists and documentalists, and preservation administrators and conservators have claimed as their work,
  • in the different traditions of practice grown up to deliver the special contribution of each field to society, and
  • in the education appropriate to practicing in each tradition.

The papers gathered for this sixth ICHORA meeting address these questions and contextualize them by including a strong set of archival history papers. We anticipate a rich opportunity for scholarly discussion around the papers and the opportunities offered by our venues.

The significance of archives has often been demonstrated by the will of contending authorities to fight over them, and Texas has been no exception. The logo for this year’s ICHORA conference portrays a downtown statue of Austin boarding-house owner Angelina Eberly with the cannon with which she fired at a group trying to haul the archives of Texas away from Austin to Houston in 1842, in what became known locally as the Texas Archive War (for more information, see http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mqa02).

Most of the paper sessions will be held in the Prothro Theater in the Harry Ransom Center, home of a world-class archives of literature and publishing. Attendees will be hosted at a reception with tours at the Briscoe Center for American History, known for its broad holdings of historical manuscripts pertaining to the history of the United States. Other significant archival institutions exist on campus (the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Benson Center for Latin American History, the Alexander Architectural Archives) and all are prepared to welcome researchers who may have a few additional days to spend in Austin. All of these institutions can be reached through their websites, all of which are listed here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/help/librarylist.html

This list does not exhaust the archival wealth of Austin, which is also the home of the Texas State Library and Archives, the Austin History Center (the city archives), the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Presbyterian Archives, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, to name a few within easy reach of the campus.