Archivists, historians must bridge divide with mutual respect, empathy: Brenes

August 13, 2018

In a response to a recent article about partnering with archivists as a researcher, archivist Michael Brenes states that the misunderstanding around the relationship between the archivist and the historian is very common. Brenes elaborates on the often “invisible” work that archivists do behind the scenes and notes that many archivists will have little or no interaction with the public in general. “Realizing the limitations, and stresses, among archivists and historians will foster mutual respect and empathy between the two professions — and opportunities to bridge the divide,” concludes Brenes. “Only by engaging in a productive, meaningful dialogue can archivists and historians continue to work together.”

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