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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 805: Medieval Urban Literacy, VI: Medieval Civic Archives and Civic Secrecy, 2

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Urban Literacy Project
Organiser:Michael Jucker, Historisches Seminar, Universität Luzern
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 805-aMedieval Civic Archives in England
(Language: English)
Sarah Rees Jones, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Literacy and Orality
Paper 805-bArchives and Autonomy: Urban Literacy and Record Management in the Carpathian Basin in the 13th and 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Katalin Szende, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality
Paper 805-cConcealing and Revealing 'before the Archives': Writing, Visibility, and Publicity in Late Medieval Lüneburg
(Language: English)
Andreas Litschel, Schule für Historische Forschung Bielefeld, Universität Bielefeld

These two sessions will explore the evolution and purpose of medieval civic archives in Europe. They will focus in particular on archival practices and the roles which keepers of archives were expected to fulfil in relation to the government of towns. The keeping of archives required the development of ideas about the relationship between public and private information and its correct guardianship. The papers will there address issues relating to the control of archives, their material character, permitted access to archives and developing ideas of secrecy in urban politics and diplomacy.