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Reparative WorkPublished works (books, chapters, articles on theory)

Bastian, J.A. “Reading Colonial Records Through an Archival Lens: The Provenance of Place, Space and Creation.” Archival Science, Vol. 6 (2006): 267–284.

Berry, D. “The House Archives Built.” up//root. June 22, 2021.

Caswell, M. “Toward a survivor-centered approach to records documenting human rights abuse: lessons from community archives.” Archival Science, Vol. 14 (2014): 307–322.

Colwell, Chip. “Curating Secrets: Repatriation, Knowledge Flows, and Museum Power Structures.” Current Anthropology, Vol. 56, Supplement 12 (December 2015): S263-S275.

Duff, W.M., Harris, V. “Stories and names: Archival description as narrating records and constructing meanings.” Archival Science, Vol. 2 (2002): 263–285.

Hicks, D. “Necography: Death-Writing in the Colonial Museum.” British Art Studies, Issue 19,

Hurley, C. “Parallel provenance.” Archives & Manuscripts, Vol. 33, no. 1 (2005): 110-145.

Hughes-Watkins, L. “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices.” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Vol. 5 (2018).

Light, M. and Hyry, T. “Colophons and Annotations: New Directions for the Finding Aid.” American Archivist, Vol. 65, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2002): 216-230.

Louisiana Digital Library. “Re-description as Restorative Justice.” Youtube, commentary by Dr. Tonia Sutherland and SL Ziegler, 19 Nov. 2020,

Nesmith, T. “The concept of societal provenance and records of nineteenth-century Aboriginal–European relations in Western Canada: implications for archival theory and practice.” Archival Science, Vol. 6 (2006): 351–360.

Paredes, O. “Preserving ‘Tradition’: The Business of Indigeneity in the Modern Philippine Context.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1 (February 2019): 86-106.

Punzalan, R., et al. “Beyond Clicks, Likes, and Downloads: Identifying Meaningful Impacts for Digitized Ethnographic Archives.” Archivaria, Vol. 84 (Fall 2017): 61-102.

Tai, J. “Cultural Humility as a Framework for Anti-Oppressive Archival Description.” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Vol. 3 (2020).

Trouillot, M.R. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995. 

Turner, H. “Organizing Knowledge in Museums: A Review of Concepts and Concerns.” Knowledge Organization, Vol. 44, No. 7 (September 2017): 472-484.

Wood, S., Carbone, K., Cifor, M., Gilliland, A., Punzalan, R. et al. “Mobilizing records: re-framing archival description to support human rights.” Archival Science, Vol. 14 (2014): 397–419.

Wurl, J. “Ethnicity as Provenance: In Search of Values and Principles for Documenting the Immigrant Experience.” Archival Issues, Vol. 29, no. 1 (2005): 65-76.

Decolonizing colonial collections

Azoulay, A. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. Brooklyn: Verso, 2019.

Beredo, C. Import of the Archive: US Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History. Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2013.

Das, S. and Lowe, M. “Nature Read in Black and White: decolonial approaches to interpreting natural history collections.” Journal of Natural Science Collections, Vol. 6 (2018): 4-14.

First Archivists Circle. Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (2007).

la paperson. A Third University is Possible. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2017.

Neale, T. and Kowal E. “‘Related’ Histories: On Epistemic and Reparative Decolonization.” History and Theory, Vol. 59, no. 2 (September 2020): 403-412.

Salvador, A. “Afterlives of Dean C. Worcester’s Colonial Photographs: Visualizing Igorot Material Culture, from Archives to Anthropological Fieldwork in Northern Luzon.” Visual Anthropology, Vol. 29, no. 1 (January 2016): 54-80.

See, S.E. The Filipino Primitive and Resistance in the American Museum. New York: New York University, 2017. 

Smith, L.T. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London: Zed Books, 2012 [1999].

Stoler, A.L. Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

_____________. “Colonial Archives and the Arts of Governance.” Archival Science, Vol. 2 (2002): 87-109.

Sutherland, T., & Purcell, A. (2021). “A Weapon and a Tool: Decolonizing Description and Embracing Redescription as Liberatory Archival Praxis.” The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Vol. 5, no. 1 (2021): 60–78.

Turner, H. 2020. Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020.

Affect, care, and harm

Agostinho, D. “6 Care,” in Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data, MIT Press, 2020, pp. 75-86.

Agostinho, D. “Archival encounters: rethinking access and care in digital colonial archives.” Archival Science, Vol. 19 (2019): 141–165.

Caswell, M. and Cifor, M. “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives.” Archivaria, Vol. 81, no. 1 (2016): 23-43.

Christen, K., Anderson, J. Toward slow archives. Archival Science, Vol. 19, (2019): 87–116.

Douglas, J., Alisauskas, A., and Mordell, D. “Treat Them With the Reverence of Archivists’: Records Work, Grief Work, and Relationship Work in the Archives.” Archivaria, Vol. 88 (2019): 84-120.

Odumosu, T. “The Crying Child: On Colonial Archives, Digitization, and Ethics of Care in the Cultural Commons.” Current Anthropology, Vol. 61, suppl. 22 (2020): 289-302.

Wright, K. Archival interventions and the language we use. Archival Science Vol. 19 (2019) 331–348.

Artistic interventions

Bracha, R. “Artists and the Film Archive: Re-Creation—or Archival Replay.” Archival Science, Vol. 13, no. 2–3 (2013): 133–41. doi:10.1007/s10502-012-9181-6

Carbone, K. “Artists and Records: moving history and memory.” Archives and Records Vol. 38, no. 1-19 (2016): 100-118.

Carbone, K. “Artists in the Archive: An Exploratory Study of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the City of Portland Archives & Records Center.” Archivaria Vol. 79 (2015): 27-52.

Carbone, K. “Archival Art: Memory Practices, Interventions, and Productions.” Curator: The Museum Journal Vol. 63 (2020): 257-263.

Jong, F. de. “At work in the archive: introduction to special issue.” World Art Vol. 6, no. 1 (2016): 3-17.

Scholarship pertaining to the collections

Balce, N. Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images, and the American Archive. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016.

Barndt, K and C. Sinopoli. Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge. The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, and Collections 1817-2017. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017.

Eittreim, E.M. Teaching Empire: Native Americans, Filipinos, and US Imperial Education. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2019.

Kirkwood, P.M. “Michigan Men’ in the Philippines and the Limits of Self-Determination in the Progressive Era.” Michigan Historical Review Vol. 40, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 63-86. 10.1353/mhr.2014.0039.

Leary, M.A. “Building A Home for the Laws of the World: Part II: Hoping, Hunting, and Honing,” Law Quad. Notes Vol. 46, no. 4 (2004): 51-61.

Punzalan, R. “Archival Diasporas: A Framework for Understanding the Complexities and Challenges of Dispersed Photographic Collections.” American Archivist, Vol. 77, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 326-349.

Punzalan, R. “Barriers and Challenges to Virtual Reunification.” Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 51, no. 1 (2014): 1-8.

Punzalan, R. Virtual Reunification: Bits and Pieces Gathered Together to Represent the Whole. 2013. University of Michigan, PhD dissertation.

Rice, M. Dean Worcester’s Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Sharpe, R. “Prof. Steere’s Expedition to the Philippines.” Nature Vol. 14 (1876): 297-298.

Sinopoli, C. “New Research on an Old Collection: Studies of the Philippine Expedition (“Guthe”) Collection of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan,” Asian Perspectives, Vol. 52, No. 1, (2013): 1-11.

Legacy Sources 

American Philippine Relations Subject Guide,

Powers, Thomas. “Balita mula Maynila. News from Manila.” Michigan Historical Collections & Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Bulletin No. 19, Special Publication No. 1 (February 1971).

Visualizing the Empire,


Michigan in the World,