The Power of the Archive in a Digital World

Suddenly, the world has gone digital. Numismatics is no exception. But Digital History and Academic New Media don’t seek to—and could never—replace good old-fashioned archival work. Indeed, done well, these new methods rely heavily on the archive to bring new perspectives on seemingly well-worn topics, or cast light on long-forgotten ones. In this short piece IDP did in collaboration with National Archives, Philadelphia, we’re reminded that–like money itself–the study of money comes in both analog and digital forms.

 

William Chiriguayo

William Chiriguayo is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Harvard University. His work centers on the production of United States currency and its role--along with other projections of American influence--on the expansion of United States territorial and cultural empire.

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