Owning Memory: How a Caribbean Community Lost Its Archives by Jeannette A. Bastian

By Jeannette A. Bastian

This e-book examines the relationships among documents, groups and collective reminiscence via either the lens of a postcolonial society, the U.S. Virgin Islands, a former colony of Denmark, now a usa territory, and during an archival standpoint at the courting among groups and the construction of documents. as the historic documents of the Virgin Islands stay basically in Denmark and the USA, Virgin Islanders have had restricted entry to the first resources in their heritage and this has affected either their skill to jot down their very own heritage and to build their collective reminiscence.

But whereas a powerful oral culture, frequently in pageant with the written culture, affects the ways that this group recalls, it additionally underlines the challenge of examining the background of the colonized throughout the documents of the colonizer. the tale of the Virgin Islands and its look for its reminiscence contains an exploration of the way this group, via public commemorations and folks culture has shaped its reminiscence up to now, and the position that information play during this procedure. Interwoven all through is a broader research of where of records and archivists in aiding groups locate their background. The e-book is phenomenally good written and should entice historians, archivists and people drawn to the Carribean.

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