The Fictional World of Archives

The Fictional World of Archives, Art Galleries and Museums is a great website made by the Canadian archivist David Mattison.
Archives, archivists, records managers, secret documents and lost manuscripts have been used as characters, settings and plot devices in many stories, novels, movies and TV shows, as well as jokes and cartoons. The tradition of fictionalizing archives extends back to Graeco-Roman times according to classicist Mary Lefkowitz. Today, archives, archivists and records are so important to fiction that this Web page was written to document as fully as possible their many representations found in popular culture. Inspiration for this Web page came from a 1995 discussion on the ARCHIVES electronic mailing list about fictional archives. Sources include submissions by archivists and others, as well as Arlene Schmuland’s bibliography from her American Archivist article.


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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