Producing the Archival Body


In other words, a confident and secure archival studies is “increasingly intellectually in conversation with other fields”; brings a “unique expertise in records creation, management and sustainability to questions, problems and data challenges that lie at the heart of our knowledge”; and offers the “ability to tackle some of the most difficult dilemmas facing the world today, such as climate change, mass migration, and disinformation” (p. ix). This is a tall, broad, and bold mission statement, and its successes and failures will play out in these (and other) pages in the coming years. Producing the Archival Body is the second book in the series and its first single-author monograph. Archival studies students and scholars will be pleased to know that this series is proceeding at a rapid clip: the first book—Archives, Recordkeeping and Social Justice—preceded Lee’s text by only seven months, and the successor—Verne Harris’s Ghosts of Archive: Deconstructive Intersectionality and Praxis—was released on the very same day.

The American Archivist