Arch03
Dwelling in the cultural archives II: policies and archive practices

Convenors:
Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (Society of Swedish Literature in Finland)
Susanne Nylund Skog (Institute for Language and Folklore)
Stream:
Archives
Location:
KWZ 2.601
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The archive is often seen as a home of national cultural heritage and as a dwelling place for tradition material. How have different policies and archive practices shaped the collections and the work of the archivists throughout the ages?

Long abstract:

The purpose of a tradition archive is to collect and keep records of popular expressions and everyday life. However, this may be done in a myriad of different ways and with different agendas. For example, while the collection policy in the early 20th century tended to focus on documenting homesteads and farm tools, there was also growing interest also in other aspects of domestic life such as cooking and gardening. Later on, documentations were extended to include e.g. urban life. How have different policies and archive practices shaped the collections and the work of the archivists throughout the ages? The archive is often seen as a home of national cultural heritage and as a dwelling place for tradition material. The political aspects circumscribing both the collection and dissemination of cultural heritage have always been looming large in the cultural archive. What are the present day challenges? And what layers of policies, practices, institutional and social structures do we need to be aware of in working with older archive material?