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A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Entry: Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism - A88044492
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor - U1590784

This is an archival resource as well as a human interest story.

Who knew librarians could be so fascinating? (Bluebottle, obviously.)

smiley - dragon


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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SashaQ - happysad

smiley - ok

I just had a few questions when I was reading:

"(That's Marion Stokes in the centre of the panel.)" - she wasn't Marion Stokes then, and 'the panel' refers to what you see if you access the 'Input' link and watch the video, is that right?

"She was a hoarder who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder." - do you have evidence that she suffered, or would 'had' be sufficient, there?

One typo - Mackintosh --> Macintosh

"The entire collection sold to an anonymous buyer on eBay for an undisclosed sum." - was that in 2012?

smiley - booksmiley - ok


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - biro Right, reworded that.
smiley - biro Also, yes, I have no idea how she felt about it. It was her son who suffered. I read an interview that said they reconciled a few months before her death. I've just done a quick read through a dozen reviews of the documentary, and I'm not even sure it's safe to say she HAD OCD, since I don't know if she was ever medically diagnosed. So I took that out. She had something - there was nothing mild about her personal eccentricity - but what it is apparently remains a mystery.
smiley - biroFixed.
smiley - biro I'm not sure when the collection was finally disposed of. I shall change that to 'after her death'.

I have also finally found access to the documentary and will watch it. If I need to change anything after I learn more, I will. From what I'm reading, the film may deepen the mystery - one reviewer called the film a 'Rorschach Test' of the viewer's own ideas.

Somebody else said the difference between a hoarder and an archivist is a good index, and Marion didn't leave an index.


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - biro Update: I have seen the documentary film. I have rewritten the personal stuff in order to take most of it out. That's not really what we're interested in, and who cares about the gossip?

I have my own opinion about it, which I will keep to myself.

The focus is on the archive itself and its value to future researchers.


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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SashaQ - happysad

Thank you smiley - ok

The section about the archive reads well - yes, no need to speculate about gossip there.

The only bit that still doesn't seem to be quite clear is "(That's Marion Metelits in the centre of the panel.) " - needs just an indication that you're referring to the link on Input? I didn't click the link when I read first time, but I did click just now and was able to see the panel and listen to some of the discussion smiley - ok


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - ok Will do! I couldn't find a usable picture of her and I thought people might want to see her.


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Great Entry, that's really amazing work she did there! smiley - wow


A88044492 - Marion Stokes: When Archiving Is Activism

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Thanks! smiley - smiley


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