Workshop in Archival Practice, May 5

Please join us for the final Workshop of the Spring 2011 semester! Advance reading materials are available on our blog:

NYU Workshop in Archival Practice presents
Ellen Gruber Garvey and Jeremy Braddock
What We Can Learn With Practice
May 5, 5:00 PM, 19 University Place, Great Room (Ground Floor)** PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

Previous workshops this semester have addressed “The Radical Politics of Hidden Archives,” “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive” and “Images and Orphans: Seeing Pictures in the Archive.” Among many other issues, these conversations raised the possibilities of writing “partial” histories by honoring the trace or fragment in the writing process, emphasized the importance of archivists as cultural mediators and editors of context, and questioned the categories of “hidden” and “radical,” ultimately asking whether radical movements die or cease to be radical once they are archived. How can we build partnerships, devise projects and write stories that promote access to “orphaned” or lost materials while preserving their everyday subversion, experimentation or aesthetics?

With “What We Can Learn With Practice,” the Workshop posits that one of the most productive ways in which we can help our students use the archive is to examine its processes as a function of literary history. Simply put, the study of archives and print culture tells different stories of literature and culture, stories often left untold in traditional literary studies or historical analysis. These narrative and cross-disciplinary possibilities make archival work incredibly compelling to graduate students seeking to find their own scholarly voices. Ellen Gruber Garvey and Jeremy Braddock will close our inaugural Workshop series by leading us in a discussion based on their own recent work.

For more information on our Workshop leaders, you may visit their web sites:

Ellen Gruber Garvey:
Jeremy Braddock:

NYU Workshop in Archival Practice

Twitter: @NYUArchiveWork
Workshop Participants: We are planning programming for the 2011-2012 academic year and want to hear from you. If there are scholars, archivists or topics you’d like to see represented in our upcoming Workshops, please contact us!

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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