Quotable History

“Archivists often fail to benefit from our own archives’ histories and stories. …History helps us to understand where specific technologies came from so we can better understand how to use and evolve them; to understand the evolution of our archival principles and practice; and to know ourselves.”

Nancy Y. McGovern, SAA Presidential Address, Portland, Oregon, July 27, 2017, as printed in Nancy Y. McGovern (2018) Archives, History, and Technology: Prologue and Possibilities for SAA and the Archival Community. The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2018, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 11.

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