Gli archivi da salvare del Ruskin College

Uno degli scopi della SISLav riguarda la valorizzazione del patrimonio archivistico relativo alla storia del lavoro. Attraverso il sito cerchiamo di raccogliere materiali e informazioni, nelle sezioni ‘Fonti e archivi e ‘Risorse web’ (menù in alto).
Nel caso di  alcuni episodi particolarmente significativi che riguardano la cultura degli archivi del lavoro, cerchiamo anche di fare da cassa di risonanza: in questo caso si tratta della salvaguardia del materiale documentario conservato presso il Ruskin College, istituzione indipendente fondata a Oxford nel 1899 per l’educazione dei lavoratori. La storia di questa vicenda e l’appello si trovano qui: http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/whose-archive-whose-history-destruction-of-archives-at-ruskin-college-oxford/

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  1. From: “John G Walker”
    Date: Sun, October 14, 2012 9:43 am

    To clarify, what has been destroyed is the archive of student records
    from 1899 onwards. Current records have not been destroyed, nor have
    those from between 1940 and 1950, thought these are scheduled for
    shredding.

    The principal is refusing to say whether she will stop the shredding of
    the remaining few records (Ruskin was closed during the Second World
    War). She has claimed that she is legally bound to destroy the records,
    although in a letter to the governors on October 8th she admitted this
    is not the case.

    It’s necessary to be clear about what has been destroyed if writing to
    protest since the principal has a standard response describing how much
    of Ruskin’s archives have not been destroyed, avoiding the issue of the
    student records. Indeed, the college’s official position seems to be to
    obfuscate rather than defend their action.

    A previous administration clearly understood the importance of the
    archive, since, along with the student records were press cuttings
    relating to the subsequent career of students. This has all gone.

    The principal has also stated that the records have been digitised.
    they have not. All that has been recorded are the names, courses and
    dates of birth of each student. The rest, an invaluable source in the
    history of not just the British labour movement, has gone forever,


    Dr John G Walker
    Tutor in History
    Ruskin College, Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxford OX3 9BZ

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