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Technology - Suzanne Fischer - Nota Bene: If You 'Discover' Something in an Archive, It's Not a Discovery - The Atlantic -
June 19, 2012
"It's important to remember," said my colleague John Overholt, a rare-book and manuscript curator at the Houghton Library at Harvard, "that in most cases what's termed an archival 'discovery' was possible only because of the years or decades of effort a repository invested in arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to the materials in its care. "That work," he continued, "is indispensable to the research process, and I hate to see it devalued for the sake a more exciting narrative. I wish there were more articles headlined 'Thorough, Accurate Cataloging Pays Off!' " -
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