|Archives for All: The Importance of Archives in Society
|Jimerson, R. C.
|XV Congresso Brasileiro de Arquivologia
Archivists should use their power - in determining what records will be preserved for future generations and in interpreting this documentation for researchers - for the benefit of all members of society. By adopting a social conscience for the profession, they can commit themselves to active engagement in the public arena. Archivists can use the power of archives to promote accountability, open government, diversity, and social justice. In doing so it is essential to distinguish objectivity from neutrality. Advocacy and activism can address social issues without abandoning professional standards of fairness, honesty, detachment, and transparency.
Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present, controls the past. …
The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it.