Meditations on memory

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Collective memory , Individuals , Cognition , Cultural heritage , Archives , History , Documentation , Social construction , Truth
Archives have often been thought of as the warehouses of collective or societal memory. This article explores the role of memory, in both its physical and metaphysical state, in the field of archival study. The functionality of individual human memory is investigated in order to understand how it operates and becomes co-opted into an institutional archival setting. Since it is the archivist's goal to reflect and collect societal memory through the documentary heritage of the populace, it is therefore important for archivists to be aware of the way in which memory functions within the individuals who make up that population.
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