Guido Melis

Papers and History. Archives and history of contemporary institutions

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The archives are not just "the granaries of the history" (Marc Bloch): in the specific case of the history of the institutions they represent rather the internal circulation. From how the archives were produced and "worked" the papers, from the traces on the documents (corrections, annotations, comments), valuable signals derive. This essay examines two cases, which relate to the way in which a regime like the italian fascism was taking (or not taking) his decisions: the reform attempts of expropriation for public use; and the juridical framing of employees of public institutions and agencies. also biographies are relevant. and the memoirs of men of the institutions, or the specific sources of the economic entities, or the private correspondence. or oral sources; and the style of the administration (its rituals, its languages , its ways of writing). Today, however, major changes are taking place, resulting from the web developing (and therefore from the "plural" production of the administrative Document). the files themselves can be "navigated ". the "granary" is now an infinite sequence of "granaries".


  • Archival sources
  • history of institutions
  • biographies
  • oral sources
  • web developing


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