chapter  4
Opening Pandora’s Box: What is an Archive in the Digital Environment?
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In his 1955 presidential address to the Society of Archivists, Hilary Jenkinson

speculated on the future of archives in England. Reflecting on a half-century working

with records interrupted by two world wars, he was alive to the impact that new

technologies were having on the conduct of business, ‘equipped with telephones,

motor cars and aeroplanes we are getting back to the oral, substituting it for written

communication’. He challenged those who argued that such developments made

‘it necessary to revise our views about the nature and treatment of Archives’.