Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources): the moment of fact assembly (the making of archives); the moment of fact retrieval (the making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the making of history in the final instance).
The process of determining the value of records, in order to justify their inclusion into the archive.
It is possible to refrain from understanding objects as the central focus of different people's perspectives. It is possible to understand them instead as things manipulated in practices. If we do this—if instead of bracketing the practices in which objects are handled we foreground them—this has far reaching effects. Reality multiplies.