I had just watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when my supervisor asked me to write a blog post about depictions of archivists in popular culture. If you’ve never seen it, the film features an icy, unhelpful corporate archivist whose presence suggests she’s never assisted a researcher before; this portrayal of my profession left … Continue reading Put a UV filter on that Limelight, Please! : Archivists in Popular Culture
In movies and television, Hollywood often portrays archives as mysterious buildings filled with dusty shelves and stern archivists who keep people from accessing the records. In reality, archives like the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) are not dusty. Quite the opposite, our records storage rooms are clean and environmentally stable in order to … Continue reading What is an Archives?