This book traces the trajectory of the community archives
movement, expanding the definition of community archives to include sites such
as historical societies, social movement organisations and community centres.
It also explores new definitions of what community archives might encompass,
particularly in relation to disciplines outside the archives.
Over ten years have passed since the first volume of Community Archives, and inspired by
continued research as well as by the formal recognition of community archives
in the UK, the community archives movement has become an important area of
research, recognition and appreciation by archivists, archival scholars and
others worldwide. Increasingly the subject of papers and conferences, community
archives are now seen as being in the vanguard of social concerns, markers of
community-based activism, a participatory approach exemplifying the on-going
evolution of 'professional' archival (and heritage) practice and integral to
the ability of people to articulate and assert their identity.
Archives, Community Spaces reflects the latest research and includes
practical case studies on the challenges of building and sustaining community
archives. This new book will appeal to practitioners, researchers, and
academics in the archives and records community as well as to historians and
other scholars concerned with community building and social issues.