Archive-Work: Genealogies of loyalty in a macedono-bulgarian colony

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Through close study of a 1930s legal dispute within a Macedono-Bulgarian church congregation in Steelton, Pennsylvania, this article explores the importance of "archive-work" as a particular form of political activism. Archive-work is here presented as conscious and willful attempts by historical agents to imbue a particular narrative, or set of claims, with the authority of "official record." Such archive-work is regularly undertaken by nationalizing states: this analysis, though, focuses on the small-scale efforts by a determined group ofindividuals to disrupt a state-sponsored narrative and enlist the authority of Pennsylvania law to legitimizetheir alternative version of the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-83
Number of pages24
JournalHistory and Memory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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