Engaging Educating and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collect

Project: Research project

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Engaging Educating and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collect Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collections This three year grant project aims to further develop and implement a program, anchored at Arizona State University, for the establishment of community-driven archival collections while working with historically marginalized communities. The program includes several elements: implementing community-based preservation workshops that engage educate and empower the historically marginalized communities, creating solar-powered kits to gather and digitize oral histories, photos, and documentation from rural and underserved communities, and making rare archival collections accessible to the public while implementing these resources into K-12 and universities. This approach is not one rooted in a century of tradition, but an extension of new institutional strategies to enable lifelong learning, provide access to unique and primary source materials, and engage with traditionally marginalized communities (e.g. Latinos, LGBTQ, African Americans, and Asian Americans) to address inequities in access to educational resources and learning opportunities. It begins by identifying marginalized communities within the institutions scope and in consideration of institutional priorities. It continues by working with existing networks, organizations, and individuals to build relationships and trust which are essential, especially when working with marginalized communities. ASU Library is positioned to lead this effort, with our institution defining itself not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed and has been a leading figure in the movement to break educational and cultural barriers in archives and libraries. In particular, the Distinctive Collections unit at ASU Library is already engaged in this work. The Chicano/a Research Collection, Greater Arizona Collection, and Labriola Center are strengthening Arizonas network of teaching, learning, and discovery by providing access to archival resources, developing strategies that help improve the under-documentation of history, and creating partnerships between archivist, faculty, schools, communities, and the University.
Effective start/end date10/1/177/30/21


  • Mellon (Andrew W.) Foundation: $450,000.00


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