Bibliography of Fictional Archives and Archivists

Aldred, Tania, Burr, Gordon and Park, Eun. "Crossing a Librarian with a Historian: The Image of Reel Archivists." Archivaria no. 66 (Fall 2008): 57-93. Based on a presentation at the Association of Canadian Archivists Conference, Kingston, Ontario, 2007.
Bantock, Nick. Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera. Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books, 2004. Artist Nick Bantock, best known for his extraordinary Griffin & Sabine sextet of novels made up entirely of faux documents, explains in this book how he creates his visually stimulating pieces of art, including a category he calls "dubious documents" or imaginary historical records.
Benford, Gregory. Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia. New York: Avon Books, 1999; paperback reprint, New York: HarperCollins, 2000. The physicist and science fiction author expounds upon mankind's attempts to establish permanent or unknowable bridges between the present and the future. Science fiction novels are discussed. Except for "cave paintings" listed under monuments, there are no mentions of archives, art galleries or museums in the index! This is an important work for archivists and curators, nonetheless, because of lessons that can be learned from the four topics Benford has chosen to illustrate his thesis: protective measures for radioactive waste; deep-space probes bearing messages; species extinction; and global degradation.
Buckley, Karen. "'The Truth is in the Red Files': An Overview of Archives in Popular Culture." Archivaria no. 66 (Fall 2008): 95-123. Based on a presentation at the Association of Canadian Archivists Conference, Kingston, Ontario, 2007.
Cox, Richard J. "What Should the Fictional Archivist Look Like?", Reading Archives (Weblog), November 26, 2006. URL (viewed March 3, 2007): Professor Cox discusses his ideas about the portrayal of archives and archivists by fiction writers.
Gillis, Peter (1947-1999). "Of Plots, Secrets, Burrowers and Moles: Archives in Espionage Fiction." Archivaria no. 9 (Winter 1979-80): 3-13.
Keen, Suzanne. Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
Lefkowitz, Mary. Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrist Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History. New York: BasicBooks, 1996. Read portions of this book online.
Schmuland, Arlene B. "The Archival Image in Fiction: An Analysis with an Annotated Bibliography." American Archivist 62, no. 2 (Spring 1999): 24-73. An abridged version of her thesis. All the titles in her bibliography are listed in here.
Schmuland, Arlene B. "The Image of Archives and Archivists: Fictional Perspectives." M.A. Thesis, Western Washington University, August, 1997. See the American Archivist citation above for a condensed version and updated list of fictional works.