The Allure of the Archive: On Frustration and Comfort in the Historian’s Craft

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December 21, 2020

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Jane Freeland, « The Allure of the Archive: On Frustration and Comfort in the Historian’s Craft », German Historical Institute London Blog, ID : 10670/1.vm81cy


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As an historian of gender-based violence, I’ve often come across things in my archival research that have made me feel uncomfortable, disgusted, upset and so frustrated that I want to tear my hair out. I’ve also read files that have made me laugh, smile and left me feeling deeply proud and grateful to the women who fought to entrench women’s rights and protect women from violence. For me, the archive represents a host of emotional and physical responses. The memories of back aches from long d...

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