Empty Archives: Reflections on an Institution in Crisis

“Of all national assets archives are the most precious; they are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.” Arthur Doughty, Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Records, 1904-1935 What’s the use of having a gloriously stocked library if no one is allowed to use it? This question may well have been on King George ll’s mind when the British Museum Library opened its doors in January, 1759. He’d just donated a pile of his own books to the newly public collection. “Tho’ chiefly designed for the use of learned and studious men, both native and foreigners,… Read More

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