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A challenge most bigly: academic archives and higher education in the Trump Era

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Purpose

This paper aims to provide a critical perspective on emergent issues in the Trump era directly or indirectly relevant to academic archives. It describes current operational characteristics and trends in academic archives and considers the implications of the “Trump Effect” on academic archives in support of higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

The author examines archival studies literature pertaining to academic archives in combination with recent research and reporting on Trump Administration higher education policy to argue for increased professional awareness and vigilance.

Findings

The author asserts that Trump Administration rhetoric and policies aimed at remaking American higher education and undermining democratic norms pose a threat to academic archives as institutions that support learning, memory and historical accountability.

Originality/value

This paper adds to scholarly discussions in the library and information studies and archival studies fields about the merits of neutrality, the legacy of memory institutions and the obligation of information professionals to take a stance on difficult issues. Additionally, there are few (if any) sources that discuss the role of academic archives specifically in the contemporary political context.
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Keywords: Academic archives; Archiving; Donald J. Trump; Higher education; Public policy; The Trump Effect

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Publication date: February 10, 2020

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