Monday, February 9, 2009

Hoeflich on the Serendipity of Research

Speaking of archival research, Michael Hoeflich, University of Kansas School of Law has posted an article on the unexpected connections one can make while in the stacks or the archives, Serendipity in the Stacks, Fortuity in the Archive. It originally appeared in the Law Library Journal in 2007. Here is the abstract:
Professor Hoeflich explores the notion of serendipity and its components as they relate to historians, particularly legal historians, and to those institutions - libraries and archives - that present the opportunities for serendipity to work its magic. He also discusses the ways in which libraries and archives can help to encourage serendipitous discoveries, and the dangers he sees in over-efficient and economically rational disposal policies, including reproduction instead of preservation of originals.
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