Serendipity in the Stacks, Fortuity in the Archives
Michael Harlan Hoeflich
University of Kansas - School of Law
February 6, 2009
Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 813, 2007
Professor Hoeflich explores the notion of serendipity and its components as they relate to historians, particularly legal historians, and to those institutions - libraries and archives - that present the opportunities for serendipity to work its magic. He also discusses the ways in which libraries and archives can help to encourage serendipitous discoveries, and the dangers he sees in over-efficient and economically rational disposal policies, including reproduction instead of preservation of originals.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: serendipity, serendipitous, legal history, historians, libraries, archives, preservation, browsing
Date posted: February 6, 2009
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