Archivists deal with unique ethical challenges on a regular basis, and these complex conundrums are the focus of this compelling book by Elena Danielson. She illustrates how the daily decisions made by archivists connect to larger issues of social responsibility and the need to construct a balanced and accurate historic record.
Danielson both analyzes real-life cases and poses theoretical questions to help working archivists better understand ethics as an applied practice. The author clearly illustrates how ethical considerations and dilemmas emerge in seemingly routine facets of archival work-from acquisition and appraisal through disposition and deaccessioning. Danielson also focuses on such fascinating phenomena as forged documents and displaced archives. She thoughtfully considers the archivist's responsibility to protect cultural property, and includes commentary on current trends in privacy law, clearly explaining relevant legislation.
Helpful appendices include an analysis and reference to ten professional codes of ethics, sample acquisition guidelines and collections management policies, a select list of federal legislation affecting access to private information, and a bibliography.