Trinity's Archive Analysis

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Numerous material, detail and ideas go into creating an archive and attempting on completing one. Different forms of documents, pictures, books, journals, and maps can be found in different archives. In the archive at Trinity, there are many different forms of documents found from slavery, such as the release of an individual from slavery. There are different types of pictures found at an archive, for instance Trinity’s archive has metal etched pictures and not prints that are most commonly thought about. A journal can be a helpful source for historians because they have details of events as they are occurring, which can help find other sources and paths that they might not have known prior to the journal. They can also be a difficult source to decipher because the information in an individuals journal may not be the complete truth and even hear say from others, which is disused in Burton’s Archive Stories. They are a reliable primary source to discover true history and point of views from an…show more content…
At Trinity’s archive, there is a surplus of books and they are still buying items. As Hartman said in Lose Your Mother, ““The archive dictates what can be said about the past and the kinds of stories that can be told about the persons catalogued, embalmed, and sealed away in box files and folios.” (pg.17) Lose Your Mother has a connection with Trinity’s archive because of the many slave documents they have. The archive is trying to collect documents in order to make a connection with history and find answers to many questions. Hartman connects with this when she searches for answers to family questions and her identity. It is difficult to complete a fully developed archive because money is essential. While buying materials to attempt to complete an archive, documentation of authenticity is of upmost importance. Detail, knowledge and organization are key to finishing a complete

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