The Work of Archives

Suzanne Fischer has [an important reminder][rem] for researchers plumbing the spans and depths of archives: thank the archivist, or librarian. Having combed through a variety of record warehouses over the years, I know how easy it is to feel that you are all alone, that you discovered something all by yourself, that you alone know its value, understand its context, see its possibilities. Fischer’s reminder: you didn’t unearth it, you found it right where it was supposed to be, where it was put so you could find it.

[rem]: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/12/06/nota-bene-if-you-discover-something-in-an-archive-its-not-a-discovery/258538/