By Meg Hixon On March 24, 2018, I joined 80 other attendees for “De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives,” a panel presentation at the Midwest Archives Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Five speakers discussed their efforts to amplify the voices of underrepresented populations in archival collections through collecting practices, descriptive practices, and outreach. Heather Fox of the… Continue reading De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives at the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference
By David Staniunas “Oh I’m not looking to boycott anyone, I’m really just interested in getting better contact information for the National Archives of Palestine,” said the caller. This was a great start to our video chat. “I don’t want to get into the politics,” the caller said. If there’s one archives which demands that you… Continue reading Archives with Palestine: Getting the SAA to back BDS
Content note: this post contains references to execution, violent death, rape, harm to children and racism in the justice system. Archives can be repositories of triumph and nostalgia, but archivists know that it’s just as important to document challenging and troubling social issues. Four archivists from the National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA) shared the rewards… Continue reading The National Death Penalty Archive at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
By Jennifer Eltringham During The Liberated Archive Forum at the Society of American Archivists Conference I attended session F03, “Dismantling Barriers and Indigenous Sovereignty: Collaboration in the Archives.” The discussion, moderated by Ricardo L. Punzalan and Jonathan Pringle, sought to “break down barriers and encourage greater collaboration between Indigenous communities and non-tribal repositories maintaining Indigenous… Continue reading Dismantling Barriers and Indigenous Sovereignty: Collaboration in the Archives
By Jeremy Brett I attended the Black Lives Matter session of The Liberated Archive forum at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. It was a gratifying, informative session, if somewhat saddening that it needed to happen at all. This session was co-chaired by three representatives of the Archives for Black Lives in… Continue reading #ArchivesForBlackLives: Archivists Respond to Black Lives Matter
The Human Rights Archives Section blog is looking for volunteers to write posts summarizing human rights-related SAA sessions. If you happen to be attending SAA and would be interested in summarizing a session, send a message via this form and mention which section you’d like to cover. The HRA blog has two conference posts so… Continue reading Attending SAA? Cover a session for the HRA Section blog!
By Bailey E. Hoffner Presented at the Society of Southwest Archivists 2017 Annual Meeting Presenters: Betty Shankle, University Archivist; Samantha Dodd, Special Collections Archivist; Jeff Downing, Digital Projects Librarian Before attending Disability Records: Accessing the Inaccessible, my understanding of disability and the history of disability rights in this country was very limited. I did not, for example,… Continue reading Disability Records: Accessing the Inaccessible