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Who Controls the Past
Helen Willa Samuels
The American Archivist
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Spring, 1986), pp. 109-124
Published by: Society of American Archivists
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40292980
Page Count: 16
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A modern, complex, information-rich society requires that archivists reexamine their role as selectors. The changing structure of modern institutions and the use of sophisticated technologies have altered the nature of records, and only a small portion of the vast documentation can be kept. Archivists are challenged to select a lasting record, but they lack techniques to support this decision-making. Documentation strategies are proposed to respond to these problems.
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