Complete this reading and prepare short written answers to the following questions for discussion in class.
Foote, Kenneth E. "To Remember and Forget: Archives, Memory, and Culture," Jimerson, Randall C., ed. American Archival Studies: Readings in Theory and Practice. Chicago: The Society of American Archivists, 2000, 29-46. (pdf version of this text on JSTOR.)
- What is "collective memory" and how do archives help to construct it?
- Why is the information contained in the raw documents of archives important to society?
- Why is having broad, accurate, and diverse documentation of our collective national past important?
- How do our individual stories contribute to understanding the past?
- Do you think limiting access to documentation of past events could be potentially dangerous to future generations? Why or why not?
- What are the four different ways that historic sites can be "remembered or forgotten"? Can you choose an example of a place from your hometown/state as as example for each type?
- Why do you think tragic events are remembered and documented in different ways?