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Defining the Archive On Our Terms
A Look at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Digital Community Archives
Itza A. Carb...
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Esperanza is mujeres, Latinas, African Americans, Pan-Asian Americans, Native Ameri...
Title: 3 Poets and a Lawyer Part 2
Date of Creation: 1998 November 05
Name of Creators: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center...
Community Archives
What are Community Archives: Community histories or community
archives are the grassroots activities of...
Community Archives can
disrupt harmful historical
narratives and provide more
diverse, respectful, inclusive,
empowering n...
Title: An Altar for Emma / Live Performance of Corrido
Date of Creation: 2000 October 28
Name of Creators: Esperanza Peace...
Starting an archive can
seem daunting perhaps even
impossible due to
the necessary steps.
Obstacles?
● Funding
● Infrastru...
Team
Treating everyone as a stakeholder.
Buy in means groups will feel committed to
seeing the community archives strive.
...
Funding
How - Apply for project grants? Start a campaign for purchase of equipment and
storage? Seek a bond program from c...
Infrastructure
Common financial investments
include the purchase of equipment to
digitize, storage containers for both
phy...
Specialized Skills (NOT
EXPERTS)
Technical team Must work with staff
not directly involved with project.
Technical team sh...
Agreements
Right to privacy
Issues of copyright
Intellectual property
Right to self determination
- Audre Lorde
The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle
the Master's House.
Thoughts? Suggestions?
Contact me at itza.carbajal@gmail.com
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Defining the Archive on Our Terms: A Look at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Digital Community Archives

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Defining the Archive on Our Terms: A Look at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Digital Community Archives

  1. 1. Defining the Archive On Our Terms A Look at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Digital Community Archives Itza A. Carbajal University of Texas at Austin School of Information
  2. 2. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Esperanza is mujeres, Latinas, African Americans, Pan-Asian Americans, Native Americans, Arabs, and Whites. Esperanza is queer and straight. Esperanza is the economically disadvantaged trabajando junto con la gente de clase obrera, la clase media, and with our economically privileged allies. Esperanza is feminist, is politically progressive, is outspoken. Esperanza is strong and overworked because we are people struggling to find new voices, new forms and new solutions to the problems oppressed people are facing. We produce and present programs that provoke dialogue, honor traditional cultures, nurture new aesthetics, renew the soul, break stereotypes, and strengthen communities. www.esperanzacenter.org
  3. 3. Title: 3 Poets and a Lawyer Part 2 Date of Creation: 1998 November 05 Name of Creators: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Conditions Governing Access: Restricted Unique Identifier: 1998-11-05-01 Name of Collection: VHS Programming Video Archives Description: Platica between writers and poets Gloria Anzaldua, Sharon Bridgforth, Maria Elena Gaitan and attorney Amy Kastely. Discussion moderated by Yolanda Leyva. Paper Material - Newsletter Video Archive Preview Video
  4. 4. Community Archives What are Community Archives: Community histories or community archives are the grassroots activities of documenting, recording and exploring community heritage in which community participation, control and ownership of the project is essential. - Andrew Flinn “Community Histories, Community Archives: Some Opportunities and Challenges
  5. 5. Community Archives can disrupt harmful historical narratives and provide more diverse, respectful, inclusive, empowering narrative(s) for multiple communities especially those purposely excluded from the mainstream. WHY?
  6. 6. Title: An Altar for Emma / Live Performance of Corrido Date of Creation: 2000 October 28 Name of Creators: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Conditions Governing Access: Restricted Unique Identifier: 2000-10-28-03 Name of Collection: VHS Programming Video Archives Description: Performance of the theatrical play An Altar for Emma. Various performances held that incorporated skits and discussions. Video
  7. 7. Starting an archive can seem daunting perhaps even impossible due to the necessary steps. Obstacles? ● Funding ● Infrastructure ● Specialized labor
  8. 8. Team Treating everyone as a stakeholder. Buy in means groups will feel committed to seeing the community archives strive. Acknowledge everyone’s contributions. Be aware of immediate users and welcome new users and their desired uses UNLESS those uses run counter to your community values. READ: appropriation, exploitation, misrepresentation. Community Archives Team Overall Staff Board Members Community + Immediate Users Local Information Workers: Archivists, Librarians, Conservators, AV technicians, IT developers, etc. New Users: educators, organizers, artists, etc
  9. 9. Funding How - Apply for project grants? Start a campaign for purchase of equipment and storage? Seek a bond program from city funds? Where - Big USA players include government entities like National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) & Museum and Library Services. Private foundations like the Mellon, the Kresge, Kronkosky, Gates, etc. Other options include our communities through grassroots fundraising. Why - New activities require groundwork including financial investment. Funding sources are crucial to support consistent growth. Projects such as preservation, and access, conservation require long-term commitment and funding alleviates that pressure to commit.
  10. 10. Infrastructure Common financial investments include the purchase of equipment to digitize, storage containers for both physical and digital materials, appropriate storing conditions either as a room free of pests or water resistant boxes, as well software to make the work less difficult and to prepare materials for the public. Infrastructure
  11. 11. Specialized Skills (NOT EXPERTS) Technical team Must work with staff not directly involved with project. Technical team should incorporate trainings for staff. Budget for ongoing changes. Trainings by outside entities should be encouraged. Learning process ongoing. Recognize that anyone can learn it, but we all learn in different ways. Destigmatize ideas of the experts & us. Free webinars everywhere! Sign up for listservs & reach out to archivists & librarians associations.
  12. 12. Agreements Right to privacy Issues of copyright Intellectual property Right to self determination
  13. 13. - Audre Lorde The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House.
  14. 14. Thoughts? Suggestions? Contact me at itza.carbajal@gmail.com

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