Archivists and Public Historians in the United States

Richard J. Cox
1986 The Public historian  
The recent debate over history and archives in Archivaria is indicative of problems and questions that archivists everywhere continue to have as a profession. At the same time as George Bolotenko stressed the necessity of the "historianarchivist," a contributor to the American Archivist endeavoured to demonstrate the past and continuing significance of historians in the archival profession.' Few of us really question the importance of historical perspective and training in the work of the
more » ... e work of the archivist. Bolotenko, however, went far beyond that point by displaying remarkable misunderstanding of the nature and current problems of the archival profession: continuing lack of resources to preserve documentation of enduring value, the weakness of archival theory, and the great diversity of users of archives.* If we adopt Bolotenko's views, we accept perpetuation of the most serious of our problems and doom our profession to stagnation and even obsolescence.
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