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Love Among the ArchivesWriting the Lives of George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor$
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Helena Michie and Robyn Warhol

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406635

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406635.001.0001

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Coda: our archivist, ourselves

Coda: our archivist, ourselves

(p.219) Coda: our archivist, ourselves
Love Among the Archives

Helena Michie

Robyn Warhol

Edinburgh University Press

But perhaps George Scharf would not have wanted us to end with him at rest. He was, after all– and this is a modern term for an old-fashioned value– a hard worker. This was, for both of us, another point of identification with Scharf, although we suspect he would be as puzzled by the kind of work we do as we sometimes were by his professional activities. By the end of our work on and with him, however, we realised that our jobs–Scharf’s job and our own– had something in common and that this commonality might produce a final attempt at an identity term to add to bachelor, diner, sketcher, fat man, extra man and the other categories we tried out for Scharf. It took us arguably too long to realise that Scharf, too, was an archival researcher subject to the exigencies and fantasies of the archive. That realisation came to us after Helena’s trip to the Laing archive at the University of Edinburgh, whose holdings include letters from Scharf to David Laing, librarian of the Signet Library in Edinburgh and member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Keywords:   George Scharf, Archivist, Laing Archive, National Portrait Gallery

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