Nelson Mandela and Archives

Start your week off with a feel-good archival story, by clicking on the link below. CBS on its flagship “60 Minutes” program this last weekend ran a full segment on archives, centered around the publication of Nelson Mandela’s new book, Conversations with Myself. The book features his reflections and stories, his joys and sorrows, taken from his private archives, focusing on the inner motivations animating the public man and international icon. There are lots of shots of archival records and archival stacks from the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre for Memory , and the personal and emotive and political and symbolic powers of the archival record are all made abundantly clear. And this is certainly helped by have one of the world’s most articulate archivists, in Verne Harris, speaking on camera several times about Mandela and his archive. It feels good that millions of viewers of that program alone, not counting the internet clips spreading all over, will now have sees
archives in for many a new and such a positive light.

Best wishes, Terry
Terry Cook
Clio Consulting, and
Archival Studies Program
Department of History
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)
E-Mail Address:
Ottawa Telephone: 1-613-749-3957 (with voice mail)
Mailing Address: 1093 North River Road, Ottawa ON K1K 3W1

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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