This research covers an area of archives management that deserves more focus across the archival community in New Zealand: community archives. Although collections of community memory have existed for years, the concept of community archives is still somewhat ambiguous. This, combined with few community archives advocates, little professional support and a dearth of New Zealand literature, has resulted in different opinions and gaps in understanding regarding community archives. In particular what community archives are, what they do, and whether they apply good archival practice.
The overall purpose of the research was to address some of these different opinions and gaps in understanding concerning community archives. This was done by looking at different examples of current practice and expert comment and establishing common viewpoints about the role of community archives, current concerns, and factors that may affect community archives' future development. Findings were obtained by analysing data from two groups: individuals with day-to-day responsibility for managing a community archives (interviewees) and experts who have a broader archival perspective.
Welland, S. (2015). The role, impact and development of community archives in New Zealand: A research paper. Retrieved from https://repository.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/