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Gabriella Giannachi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035293

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035293.001.0001

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A Brief History of the Archive

A Brief History of the Archive

(p.1) 1 A Brief History of the Archive
Archive Everything

Gabriella Giannachi

The MIT Press

This Chapter analyzes the historical evolution of the archive throughout the centuries, looking at different archives, archiving methodologies, practices and technologies, including theories around provenance. In particular, the chapter how the archive, traditionally referring to a site and/or a body of documents, evolved through the introduction of different systems of categorization, mechanicization, preservation, data analysis and broadcast, to encompass, often concurrently, a broad, but inter-related number of practices and technologies that are traditionally considered separately from the archive. The exponential growth of archives thus produced a certain fluidity and potential inter-changeability between these forms.

Keywords:   archive, document, categorization, mechanicization, preservation, data analysis, broadcast, museum, library, provenance

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