ARST 575L (3) Archivography


MLIS students: Completion of the MLIS Core courses and LIBR 516, plus permission of the instructor

MAS and Dual students: Completion of the “Term 1” MAS Core courses

GOAL: The goal of this course is to develop a critical understanding of the writing about archives and archival science by examining its history and currents, as well as the use of terminology in different countries and times.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate through class discussion and the final essay knowledge of the development of literature about archives through the centuries (4.1; 5.3)
  2. recognize the roots of concepts, principles and theories we use today and evaluate their impact on archival methods (1.4; 5.3)
  3. synthetize and evaluate the impact of juridical systems, history and culture on the type of scholarship produced in different countries (4.1; 4.2)
  4. relate theoretical and methodological ideas to the context in which they were developed (4.2; 5.3)


  1. Doctrine and jurisprudence about archives from ancient Rome to the 18thcentury
  2. From a legal to a cultural view of archives: from the second half of the 18thcentury to the end of the 19th century
  3. The nationality principle and the development of archival science in the 19thcentury
  4. The building of archival theory in the European and Latin American literature in the 20thcentury
  5. Archival theory disrupted: American, Australian and Canadian literature in the 20thcentury
  6. The impact of academia and scholarly archival research on the development of scholarship in archival science in North America in the 20thand 21st centuries
  7. Currents of thinking in contemporary archival literature: The 21st century
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