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The Past Is a Moving PicturePreserving the Twentieth Century on Film$
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Janna Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041926

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041926.001.0001

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The Archive at the End of the Century: Discipline, Excess, and Access

The Archive at the End of the Century: Discipline, Excess, and Access

(p.111) 4. The Archive at the End of the Century: Discipline, Excess, and Access
The Past Is a Moving Picture

Janna Jones

University Press of Florida

Where archivists and researchers once felt confounded by a lack of artifactual evidence, today, fueled in part by contemporary culture's compulsion to collect, many archives are overflowing with moving images and related artifacts. This chapter reveals the ways in which attempts to manage the archive are routinely thwarted by the overwhelming amount of cinematic materials requiring accession, cataloging, and storage, as well as insufficient funding and archival labor. As a result, ideological formations cannot take hold, making it impossible for the archivists to construct an entirely linear, singular path toward history; instead, the archive tends toward an indeterminate state that cultivates a way of looking at cultural memory that is neither fixed nor complete.

Keywords:   Archive, Collecting, Cataloguing, Cultural Memory

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