Arlette Farge’s Le Go t de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the. Laura Millar. Consultant Roberts Creek, British Columbia. Article Tools. Print this article · How to cite item. Email this article (Login required). Archivaria, the. In The Allure of the Archives, Arlette Farge describes her work in the judicial and police archives of Paris. A Passion for History is a series of conversations.

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Nov 06, Mike Clinton rated it really liked it. Highly recommended for anyone who might be considering teaching a research methods course to advanced undergrads or early graduate students. To ask other readers questions about The Allure of the Archivesplease sign up.

Other chapters focus on what Farge found in the archives and how she was able to interpret it. Oct 18, Belkora rated it really liked it. May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing. Achives 10, Ani rated it it was amazing. The Allure of the Archives is a lyrical gem from a deep and sensitive thinker. In this book, she discusses her research into the year-old police archives of the Bastille.

Memories of Libraries and Men which is similarly a beautifully written memoir of the author’s actual work in archives and the singular pleasures of such work. Feb 11, Wllure added it Shelves: Archives allowed Farge to recapture how the city of Paris functioned below the surface of elite culture and to expose the myriad ways that women operated at aallure forefront of neighborhood networks.

She conveys the immediacy of confronting past lives and seeing, perhaps for the first time in centuries, the records of unknown men and women. For me, it was a romantic, nostalgic book.

For instance, I cringed reading about her spilling a bunch of 18th century seeds onto some document, envisioning the poor sap who in qrchives years will find the pages damaged and raise their fist cursing the jerk who put those seeds there, not knowing that that jerk was the esteemed historian Arlette Farge. The frail memories contained within the documents allow the historian to isolate objects and experience them. Oct 23, Chris Cook rated it liked it. Sep 21, Sandra rated it it was amazing.


He is co-general editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book and has written about sales archivss books and manuscripts for the Times Literary Supplement since Other books in the series. It concedes the similarity of thr work to both schoolchildren’s copy and the rote transcription of medieval monks.

Trivia About The Allure of the Apr 01, Robin rated it it was amazing.

The anecdotes are both personal and at the same time general; they reflect the author’s experiences and yet are instantly recognizable to anyone who has done any research in faege archives. If you like spending time in archives of one kind or another, this book will resonate with you.

Natalie Zemon Davis Foreword. For archivists and historians te is this book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Want to Read saving…. I really appreciate the fact that there are those who have the privilege of being able to get the credentials that allow them archivds do this kind of research. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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Its initial, necessary appearance in historical work and research often took the form of a supplement to what we already knew, rather than an examination of women’s interactions with their surrounding world.

My only concern was her lack of understanding of the archival theory behind how records are arranged. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Oct 26, Geoff Cain rated it it was amazing. Her passion comes through and her insight about the use of quotations and anecdotes is duly noted.


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However the archivist ultimately finds justification from the revelations of ordinary lives in the past that it is able to present and represent. Im of a couple of minds of this book.

Dec 31, amy rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. A lovely, lyrical, and occasionally funny book about archival research.

The Allure of the Archives

But on the whole, I’m glad that Farge loves the archives, and I think historians should love the archives, completing a symbiotic relationship with archivists and other staff who love the documents in a similar but distinct way. This was written in the mostly pre-digital s and recently translated into English. I love this book. Aug 15, Kristi rated it liked it. There is something timeless about this book that flies over the whole phenomena and culture of the internet.

The kind of book to reread every year or so. Farge does not disguise the tedium of going through thousands of pages, endless lists, and formulaic reports, or downplay the challenge of copying seemingly endless documents with no sense of what they might yield. Read, highlight, and take notes, thr web, tablet, and phone. The more theoretical sections, while intrinsically interesting, suffered in comparison. This is a beautifully crafted book exploring the world of the archives.

An absolute gem of a book.

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