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Serendipity in the Stacks, Fortuity in the Archives

Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 813, 2007

15 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2009  

Michael Harlan Hoeflich

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: February 6, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: serendipity, serendipitous, legal history, historians, libraries, archives, preservation, browsing

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Hoeflich, Michael Harlan, Serendipity in the Stacks, Fortuity in the Archives (February 6, 2009). Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 813, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338978

Michael Harlan Hoeflich (Contact Author)

University of Kansas - School of Law ( email )

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1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7577
United States

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