This is a bit of an older article (2014) but it provides some fascinating insight into how archives “make” history. I especially like the statement that with archives you are given “direct access to the voices from past centuries”. Couple this with the point made about the “silence” in the archives. This is quite a topic in archival circles and the like where gaps, silence or absence in records held speak loudly about periods of time and also who the “voices” are that are being recorded (or not recorded) in the records of the period. Understanding the gaps can be just as important as the material of that period.
Recognition: Headphones photo by Corey Blaz, Creative Commons Zero licence, published with thanks from www.arcavee.com