Word of the Week: desideratum

As in: “The goal of this chapter is not to write an architectural history of archives (which remains a desideratum). Rather, its particular purpose is to highlight the inevitably physical nature of written knowledge so as to illustrate the spatial presence of archives in people’s living environment” (Friedrich, 2018, p.112). 

Friedrich, M. (2018). The birth of the archive: A history of knowledge (J. N. Dillon, Trans.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.  

 For definitions of desideratum, consult the Oxford English Dictionary 

October is Archives month, and speaking of the spatial presence of archives, why not stop by the Emmanuel College Archives for a visit?  


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