Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Master's Thesis

Degree Name

History and Archival Studies, MA


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Janet Brodie

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Dan Lewis

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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© 2015 Michael T. Hunter


Still today, reading rooms play an important role in the researcher and archivist relationship. They represent the place wherein researchers conduct their studies. However, in the past couple decades technology has been and continues to allow more research take place outside of these walls. This thesis examines how digitisation and born digital content impact the researcher-archivist relationship. To accomplish this it takes a brief look into the history of archives, the history of digitisation, and couples that with commentary from archivists in the Los Angeles area sharing their thoughts in regards to digitisation, born digital content, and how they impact archives.