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Archives and research in Malaysia. The development and challenges ahead 1900-1995.

Muhamad, Samsiah Bte; Muhamad, Samsiah Bte; (1996) Archives and research in Malaysia. The development and challenges ahead 1900-1995. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D.), University College London. Green open access

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Abstract

This study examines the management of non-current records in Malaysia and the development of archival institutions from 1900 to 1995. It analyses the role of the National Archives in fostering research, especially for national development. The massive loss of records during the Second World War had an impact on the Archives' acquisition policy. From the early stages of its development, the Archives has endorsed the 'total archives' concept as a means of ensuring that it preserves the most complete record possible. This has affected reference services it offers. The Archives has a vision of becoming the main resource centre of information for historical research in Malaysia and contributing significantly in achieving the nation's vision for the year 2020 of being a developed nation with strong moral and ethical values. By upgrading its technology to increase efficiency and by improving its methodologies for preserving and promoting the cultural heritage, the Archives will meet the challenges of the future. It will only achieve its goal if its records are fully consulted for a wide range of research. The study reveals problems of: lack of systematic and user-friendly finding aids; inexperienced researchers; lack of training on the part of the Archives staff; unsolved access problems caused by complicated legislations; a backlog of records; and most importantly, the lack of understanding of the importance of archival materials for research by researchers. The study concludes by stressing the necessity for action to improve the accessibility of unappraised records, to fill up gaps in the holdings, to make changes in existing legislations regarding access, to implement new approaches of outreach programmes, to plan for future trained researchers and archivists and, most importantly, to implement strategies for responding to the challenges of technology. On the whole, it is argued that improvement in all aspects, is vital for the Archives to become a significant resource centre for research in development and nation building.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D.
Title: Archives and research in Malaysia. The development and challenges ahead 1900-1995.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103497
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