The flexibility of the records continuum model: a response to Michael Karabinos' "in the shadow of the continuum"

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In an article entitled “In the shadow of the continuum: testing the records continuum model through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘Migrated Archives’” published in Archival Science in 2018, Michael Karabinos argued that the Records Continuum Model cannot be applied if the records under scrutiny have not been pluralised and that openness and accessibility are keys to the functionality of the model. He proposed a “shadow continuum” to analyse the Migrated Archives when its existence was unknown to the public. The author of this response believes that Karabinos’ analysis is based on a misunderstanding of the dimensions of the Records Continuum Model and that the addition of a “shadow continuum” is unnecessary because the model can be applied even if records have not been made public. She proposes an alternative way of mapping the Migrated Archives onto the Records Continuum Model, which highlights important issues relating to the ownership of the archives and to the way they have been managed and used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalArchival Science
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2019


  • Records Continuum Model
  • Migrated Archives
  • British colonial archives
  • Kenyan archives
  • Ownership of archives
  • Rights in records

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