slave voices -- framed as the distant past, but it's not--what does that say about the paradigm in which this was created?
govt funding, Great Depression, recording equipment, still living former slaves at the time
(availability of labor to do the work, the technology, etc.)
records of slaves as property
transplant archives: alternative archives to capture human aspects, as well as clinical
why do we think of this as being in our distant past??
time orientation of the archive! reflects the paradigm
colorized photos: students say it "seems more real" but I think it also places it in the not-so-distant past
an example of how technology provides a marker of time
MT: What are the implications of facial-recognition software for this type of image?
record as byproduct of bureaucratic activity
broader sense: recorded evidence of all kinds of activity
how do you understand an item if it has been decontextualized?