Depicting Historical Persons and Identities: A Faceted Approach

  title={Depicting Historical Persons and Identities: A Faceted Approach},
  author={Brian Dobreski and Jian Qin and Melissa P. Resnick},
Archives are responsible for presenting historical materials to users while also placing them in context. Historical individuals and their identities pose specific challenges for the archive, including how to negotiate changing cultural perspectives on identity and how to convey and explain contexts to modern audiences. Contemporary subject representation practices in cultural heritage tend to offer a reductivist view of personal identity. Using a collection of visual images of nineteenth and… 

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