Citation

The Power of the Archive and Its Limits

Author:
Mbembe, Achille
Year:
2002

The term ‘archives’ first refers to a building, a symbol of a public institution, which is one of the organs of a constituted state. However, by ‘archives’ is also understood a collection of documents — normally written documents — kept in this building. There cannot therefore be a definition of ‘archives’ that does not encompass both the building itself and the documents stored there.