Journal article

Archival contingencies: institutional afterlives of an antipodal library

Sarah Balkin

Textual Practice | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Ernest Scott (1867–1939), an early history professor at the University of Melbourne, left thirteen thousand books to the university library after his death. This article considers Scott’s books, many of which contain subject-specific newspaper clippings and annotations, as an archive in a state of institutional flux. Scott’s books and clippings give us insight into what historian of the modern research university William Clark calls ‘the material practices of academics’. I examine such practices as they intersect with the kinds of institutional inertia that ‘new institutionalists’ from the fields of sociology and political economy see as scripting human actions and encouraging stasis. The in..

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