Roundtable

Radical Archives

By Lauren Coats
November 2015

Representatives from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Documenting Ferguson at Washington University, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria discuss what “radical archives” are and might be, based on their practices and experiences working within these archives and libraries.  We invite you to read through the responses by author or by question.

  1. What does it mean for an archive to be, or to be made, “radical”?

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  2. In what ways is your organization, or your role, radical? In what ways is it not?

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  3. If there is a value in radical archives, archival practice, or archival content, what is it and how do you achieve and maintain it? If not, why not?

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  4. How is an archive’s radicality or radical potential affected by relationships with users, collaborators, communities, and/or other institutions, in your experience?

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  5. What radical idea or change would you like archival institutions, archivists and librarians, and/or users of archives to adopt?

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Emily Gore

Director of Content – Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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Mark A. Matienzo

Director of Technology – Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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Aaron Devor

Professor of Sociology, Founder and Academic Director of the Transgender Archives – University of Victoria

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Lara Wilson

Director of Special Collections and University Archivist – University of Victoria

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Meredith R. Evans

Associate University Librarian – Washington University

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Joy R. Novak

Collections Manager – Center for the Study of Political Graphics

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Source: http://www.archivejournal.net/roundtable/radical-archives-360/