Publication Date

January 1996


With the establishment of both regional and national ethnic, gender, cultural, and religious collections, the concept of diversity in archives encourages a fragmented world. This is one in which a researcher has a few clear-cut options--go to a women's repository to do research on women, a labor collection for labor history, an African-American archives for African-Americans, and so forth. However, time has demonstrated that no repository has a comer on the market for diversity which can also be found in holdings of what are often referred to as "traditional collections." Such repositories, whose primary objective is to document state and local history, already reflect the entire scope of, the society which they seek to chronicle including diverse ethnjc, religious, and cultural communities.



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