Eskildsen, Kasper Risbjerg (2008), ‘Leopold Ranke’s Archival Turn: Location and Evidence in Modern Historiography’ [in:] Modern Intellectual History, 5, 3, 2008
Historians have fetishized an archive – based research since the Rankean revolution. Contemporary archive theory is rather sceptical to the ideas of German historian Leopold von Ranke, who in the 1820ties developed model of historical research based on Archive as the most important source of historical knowledge. Ranke believed that a historian can be objective while working with an archival material, forgetting his personal prejudices and political loyalties. This essay examines Ranke's approach to historical research.
Fink, Lois Marie (2006) Museum archives as resources for scholarly research and institutional identity [in:] Marstine, Janet (eds.) New Museum Theory and Practice. An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Lois Marie Fink explains the historical background of archives and describes its main characteristics. Fink states that archives are usually understood as collections of documents but in fact many types of objects can be included to archives. Archives can contain material of many different shapes, sizes, and origins such as posters, artists’ books and sometimes artworks. All these artefacts, Fink writes, are gathered, labelled and systematically arranged in order to be used by the museum staff or outside scholars. All of the above duties need time, effort and money to be done properly. Fink admits that archivists decide what is worthwhile to keep and what will be discarded, what is probably the most controversial task.
Foster, Hal (2004) “An Archival Impulse” October, Vol. 110 (Autumn), pp. 3-22
In this article, Foster identifies the presence of a distinct archival impulse in contemporary art and argues that the way a number of artists have used historical material in recent years reflects a desire ‘to connect what cannot be connected’. He discusses the concepts and characteristics of archival art and examines the work of Thomas Hirschhorn, Tacita Dean and Sam Durant.
In this text Foster sketches significant shifts in dominant archival relations that occur among modern art practice, art museum, and art history in the West from the 1850s till 1950s.
Archiving: Theory and Practice (2002) Art-Omma, n 10, on-line magazine
Edited by Nayia Yiakoumaki, this issue of Art-Omma was focused on theory and practice of archiving. Contributors, including Hal Foster, Andrew Renton's and Kitty Scott's, Anna Harding, Elpida Karaba, Naomi Salaman engage with archives from different standpoints, either through theoretic work, art practices or curatorial projects.