Call for Candidate Nominations (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

It’s that time of the year again, when we need to gather individuals interested in serving the HRA Section as officers. The HRA Steering Committee has openings for FIVE positions. We welcome all members who would like to help guide the Human Rights Archives Section into the future. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and professional… Continue reading Call for Candidate Nominations (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Decolonizing Archives and Research at the 2018 Northwest Archivists annual meeting

By Steve Duckworth At the first Northwest Archivists meeting to take place on an Indian reservation, there were a number of presentations and activities centered around the rich history and culture of Native Americans. A session from late on the final day was one of the highlights. “The Northern Paiute History Project: Decolonizing Archives and… Continue reading Decolonizing Archives and Research at the 2018 Northwest Archivists annual meeting

Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History at MARAC Spring

By London Stever Several of the panels at the Spring 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania demonstrated the archival field’s concern with diversity. Among those sessions was “Archives and Advocacy: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History.” Seven professionals from a variety of disciplines weighed in on ways to ensure the stories of people with disabilities are… Continue reading Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History at MARAC Spring

De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives at the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference

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

Archives with Palestine: Getting the SAA to back BDS

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

The National Death Penalty Archive at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

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

Dismantling Barriers and Indigenous Sovereignty: Collaboration in the Archives

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