Archives Beyond the Pale: Negotiating Legal and Ethical Entanglements after the Belfast Project

Archives Beyond the Pale:Negotiating Legal and Ethical Entanglements after the Belfast Project
Christine Anne George
SUNY Buffalo Law School
American Archivist
March 20, 2013

Abstract:
With a subpoena in one hand and a donor agreement in the other, what choice should an ethical archivist make? Since the legal battle over the Belfast Project — an oral history collection of Northern Irish paramilitaries from the Troubles — at Boston College erupted in 2011, such a scenario has become a reality. Should archival collections be legally protected? Or is the idea of “archival privilege” something to be avoided? Regardless of the ultimate fate of the Belfast Project, the archival field will have to adapt to a new reality.

Accepted Paper Series
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Archival Privilege, Belfast Project, Oral History, Archives, Privilege

Suggested Citation
George, Christine Anne, Archives Beyond the Pale: Negotiating Legal and Ethical Entanglements after the Belfast Project (March 20, 2013). 76 American Archivist (2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2236498