Dealing with the archivist

July 31, 2018

“The relationship between a researcher and an archivist is rather like an arranged marriage—except it is a marriage that has been arranged by a dead person who probably never met either one of you,” writes Alice Dreger. In a tongue-in-cheek article, Dreger states that archivists come in a variety of different “types”—the snob intent on proving his erudition, the bureaucrat who is there only for the health benefits, and the heiress who squirrels away rare finds in her filing cabinet. However, the author writes that the astute researcher will seek out the archivist who knows the collection well enough to help while letting the researcher take the lead. Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)