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Finding "Enlightenment" in the National Archives of Canada: The Commonplace Book of James Sholto Douglas

@article{Eamon2001FindingI,
  title={Finding "Enlightenment" in the National Archives of Canada: The Commonplace Book of James Sholto Douglas},
  author={Michael Eamon},
  journal={Archivaria},
  year={2001},
  volume={51},
  pages={155-188}
}
This article chronicles the author’s exploration of the provenance and content of the papers of James Sholto Douglas, a student at the University of Edinburgh during the 1750s. Extrapolating from science historian Bruno Latour’s concept of “ready-made” science, the author argues that the processes of acquisition, organization, and description create a “black box” around the record. Through opening the black box, the archivist gains a better understanding, not only of the documents but also of… 
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