Sound of the Archives

a podcast dedicated to archives


Archives as … Irish for a Day!

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The first episode our podcast had a super successful first run, and we thank you all deeply for that. As a token of gratitude, want to give you the gift of the luck o’ the Irish! This second episode highlights 5 different archives or collections by 5 students in the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. We aimed to emphasize the archival value of these, as well as their general interest and uniqueness.

Prairie discovered the relationships of people in letters. Laura looked into the concepts of evidential and informational value of small collections. Dana looked into archives as supportive of national identity. Leslie looked into the power of archival documents to uphold historical upheaval. And last but not least, Sarah looked into a born-digital web archive documenting the General Election of 2011. We hope you found these as interesting as we did.


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First Paper, First Podcast, First Post

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Sound of the Archives! This podcast was created by Library and Information Studies students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is intended to be a forum for discussion about theory and practice in the archival profession.

Our first episode highlights areas of research conducted by three current students, Laura, Prairie and Dana, for the course SLIS 734: Modern Archives Administration taught by our instructor Michelle Caswell.

All three papers focus on archives as a medium for underrepresented populations to be heard. Laura’s paper hypothesizes how custodial trust can be preserved while providing digital access to restricted collections. Prairie’s paper looks at the community of Duluth, Minnesota trying to come to terms with a violent episode from its past through the use records. Dana’s paper explores the use of nontraditional records to give a voice to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.

We hope you enjoy! Constructive criticism completely, absolutely, lovingly welcomed.

Our next episode will have an Irish theme in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Please check out our Facebook page for updates. Below is a list of sources mentioned during the podcast. Until next time, see you in the archives!

Laura Farley: Wisconsin School for Girls Inmate Record Books: Trust in Custodianship through Redacted Digitization of Records and User Agreement Forms

  • Kaplan, Diane E. “The Stanley Milgram papers: A Case Study on Appraisal of and Access to Confidential Data Files.” The American Archivist. 59. no. 3 (1996): 289-297.
  • Levitt, Martin L. “Ethical Issues in Constructing a Eugenics Website.” In Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records. Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Peter J. Wosh, 112-125. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005.
  • Wisconsin School for Girls Inmate Case History Books 1875-1926. Volume 13. Series 1381. Wisconsin School for Girls. Wisconsin Historical Society.

Prairie Hady: The Healing Power of Archives: Memorialization and Reconciliation in a Racially Divided Community

  • Read, Warren. The Lyncher in Me: A Search for Redemption in the Face of History. Saint Paul: Borealis Books, 2008.
  • Fedo, Michael. The Lynchings in Duluth. Saint Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2000.

Dana Gerber: The Biological Archive of Srebrenica