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Chris Hurley

Chris Hurley

Chris Hurley is a Research Associate in the Records Continuum Research Group, in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He has worked in the recordkeeping field for both government and the private sector. From 1981-1990, he was in charge of Victoria’s public records programme (as Keeper of Public Records). He occupied a senior position from 1996 to 2002 with the national archives of New Zealand (now Archives New Zealand), much of the time as the Acting Chief Archivist. Since 2003, he has been Manager of the Documentation and Archives Centre with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Chris has specialised in the areas of archival description, archival legislation, and recordkeeping accountability. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the InterPARES 2 Project and is currently an Affiliate with the Center for Information as Evidence in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Southern California.

Contact Information

Phone: +61 2 9101 7223
Email: chris.hurley@cba.com.au

Publications by date

Strength below and grace above: the structuration of records (pdf 853KB)
Published online June 2011
Author: Chris Hurley

Hurley's Common Practice Rules for the Documentation of Archives & Other Records (doc, 1mb)
Published online 23 February 2009
Author: Chris Hurley

What, if Anything, is the Australian "Series" System? (doc, 205kb)
Published online September 2008
Author: Chris Hurley

Documenting Archives and Other Records (pdf, 317kb)
Published online July 2008
Author: Chris Hurley

Documenting Archives and Other Records - A Guide for Dummies (pdf, 118kb)
Published online August 2008
Author: Chris Hurley

Parallel Provenance (If these are your records, where are your stories?) (pdf, 1.6mb)
First published Archives and Manuscripts, 33 (1) 2005 and 33 (2) 2005
Author: Chris Hurley

Recordkeeping and Accountability
Archives: Recordkeeping and Society, Sue McKemmish, Michael Piggott, Barbara Reed, and Frank Upward(eds), Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 2005
Author: Chris Hurley

What, If Anything, Is Records Management? (pdf, 270kb)
Paper presented at the Records Management Association of Australasia Conference held in Canberra, 12-15 September 2004
Author: Chris Hurley

Archivists and Accountability
Paper presented to Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Canberra, 2004 and subsequently published in slightly altered form in Archives and Manuscripts, 34 (2) 2006.
Author: Chris Hurley

Political Pressure and the Archival Record Revisited: The Role of the Archives in Protecting the Record from Political Pressure (pdf, 217kb)
15th International Congress on Archives 2004 - Archives, Memory and Knowledge, Vienna, 25th August 2004 - reprise of paper delivered in Liverpool at Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies in July 2003
Author: Chris Hurley

Ethical Dilemmas in Records Management (pdf, 236kb)
RMAA (NSW Branch) Lunch-Time Seminar 6 April, 2004
Author: Chris Hurley

The Role of the Archives in Protecting the Record from Political Pressure
Political Pressure and the Archival Record, Margaret Proctor, Michael Cook, and Caroline Williams(eds), Society of American Archivists, 2005, Delivered in July 2003 at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies
Author: Chris Hurley

Records and the Public Interest: the "Heiner Affair" in Queensland, Australia
Archives and the Public Good : Accountability and Records in Modern Society, Richard J. Cox and David A. Wallace(eds), Quorum Books, 2002, pp. 293-318
Author: Chris Hurley

The Evolving Role of Government Archives in Democratic Societies (pdf, 268kb)
Plenary Address delivered to the Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference, Winnipeg, 9 June 2001
Author: Chris Hurley

Relationships in Records (rtf, 436kb)
First published in New Zealand Archivist, Summer 2001, Winter 2002, Spring 2002, Summer 2002, Autumn 2003, autumn 2004, Winter 2004, Summer 2004.
Author: Chris Hurley

The Making and Keeping of Records: (2) The Tyranny of Listing
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 28, no. 1, May 2000, pp. 8-23
Author: Chris Hurley

The Shredding of the "Heiner" Documents : An Appreciation
Published online 1998
Author: Chris Hurley

Shredding of the "Heiner Affair" Records : An Up-dating Summary
Published online 2002
Author: Chris Hurley

From Dust Bins to Disk-drives and Now Dispersal: The State Records Act 1998 (New South Wales)
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 26, no. 2, November 1998, pp. 390-409
Author: Chris Hurley

The Making and Keeping of Records: (1) What are Finding Aids For?
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 21, no. 1, May 1998, pp. 58-77
Author: Chris Hurley

Beating the French
Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 24, no. 1, May 1996, pp. 20-27
Author: Chris Hurley

Problems with Provenance
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 23, no. 2, November 1995, pp. 234-259
Author: Chris Hurley

Ambient Functions - Abandoned Children to Zoos
First published in Archivaria, vol. 40, Fall 1995, 1995, pp. 21-39
Author: Chris Hurley

Data, Systems, Management and Standardisation
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 22, no. 2, November 1994, pp. 338-359
Author: Chris Hurley

From Dustbins to Disk-drives: A Survey of Archives Legislation in Australia
First published in The Records Continuum, Ian Maclean and Australian Archives First Fifty Years, Ancora Press in association with Australian Archives, Clayton, 1994, pp. 210-211
Author: Chris Hurley

The Australian ('Series') System: An Exposition
The Records Continuum: Ian Maclean and Australian Archives First Fifty Years, Sue McKemmish and Michael Piggott(eds), Ancora Press in association with Australian Archives, Clayton, 1994, pp. 150-172
Author: Chris Hurley

What, If Anything is, a Function?
First published in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 21, no. 2, November 1993, pp. 208-220
Author: Chris Hurley

Standardisation 1987: A Recapitulation
Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 18, no. 1, May 1990
Author: Chris Hurley

Developments in Computerised Documentation Systems at the Public Record Office, Victoria
Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 17, no. 2, November 1989
Authors: Chris Hurley and Helen Smith

Personal Papers and the Treatment of Archival Principles
Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 6, no. 8, 1977
Author: Chris Hurley