In the last two decades much has been written defining, defending, and extolling an approach to the traditional archival goal of "identification and retention of records of enduring value" called by its supporters documentation strategy. The term itself is relatively new; nowhere, for example, does it appear in Frank Evans's 1974 "A Basic Glossary for Archivists, Manuscript Curators, and Records Managers". But the concept can be found in American archival literature as early as the writings of T.R. Schellenberg, and as this article will demonstrate, many special subject repositories like the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University have been practitioners, although not philosophers, of documentation strategy since their inception.



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