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About this collection

 

This collection consists of materials from the personal archive of one family from one decade of history. Traditionally, the focus of preserving historic records has been on government and organizational materials, while personal archives have only been deemed valuable as these relate to the fame or wealth of the record creator.1 However, more recently, the value of the personal records of “ordinary” people has begun to be established because personal records and archives can provide a different perspective into history.2 Specifically, the voices and narratives neglected by official government or organizational records, can be found through personal, unofficial records. This additional evidence and information provides a more complete picture of history.3

 

As it is made up of materials from the personal archive of the Miniatt family, this collection creates a digital library which provides that different perspective and creates an expanded historical picture. These records may be of use to those interested in rural life in the 1950’s, experiences of the Korean War, and farming families in the 1950’s. These materials could also be used in research on these topics and others, and as a supplement to official records from the time. Rather than simply being of interest to members of the Miniatt family, these materials and those from other personal archives, are an important aspect of the historical record.4

 

 


 

  1. Pollard, R.A. (2001). The appraisal of personal papers: A critical literature review. Archivaria, 52, 136-150.
  2. Ashmore, P., Craggs, R., & Neate, H. (2012). Working-with: Talking and sorting in personal archives. Journal of Historical Geography, 38, 80-89.
  3. Ashmore, (2012).
  4. Pollard, (2001).
 
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