Archives and issues (comment)

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The journal French Historical Studies has put five of its most-read articles from 2017 on open access for the month of January.

Among those articles is one of interest to a much wider group of historians and researchers:

in the Introduction to the special issue on "Archives in French History" Sarah A. Curtis and Stephen L. Harp discuss the experience of being "outsiders" using archives in another country and some of the themes that have emerged in discussions about the nature of archiving and archives.

They conclude with six provocative questions: What constitutes an archive? What is the role of the state in creating an archive? What is no longer in an archive? Who controls access? What do we owe our sources? and how has digitization changed both the way archives may be structured and the way researchers approach them?