How might anthropological archives be expanded to articulate concerns of the present? Using a multi-disciplinary perspective on the Harvard-Irish Mission (1930-1936), exemplars on sharing the gift of the archive for diverse interests are interrogated for future use.
1. Reception, Representation and Recognition
The publications and archives of the Harvard-Irish Mission (HIM) to Ireland continue to excite public interest. Artists, film, TV and radio documentary makers deploy the publications and archives of the social anthropology in particular to give expression to their engagement with and vision of contemporary issues in rural Ireland. For example, Seán Ó Mordhas documentary film The Home Place (2011) is posited on the central position of the family farm in Irish history and culture, connecting families across generations, space and time. Land ownership, the rural economy and current challenges of making a living from family farming are linked to Arensberg and Kimballs account in a form of documentary revisiting. Similarly, Brian O Connells radio series Ties That Bind (2016) compared how much has changed in his home place, family and community life since the visit of the Harvard-Irish anthropologists in Clare.