Archivist as activist : lessons from three queer community archives in California

Wakimoto, Diana Kiyo, Bruce, Christine S., & Partridge, Helen L. (2013) Archivist as activist : lessons from three queer community archives in California. Archival Science, 13(4), pp. 293-316.

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Abstract

California is home to multiple queer community archives created by community members outside of government, academic, and public archives. These archives are maintained by the communities and are important spaces not only for the preservation of records, but also as safe spaces to study, gather, and learn about the communities’ histories. This article describes the histories of three such queer community archives (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, Inc.; and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives) in order to discuss the role of activism in the community archives and implications for re-examining the role of activism to incorporate communities into the heart of archival professional work. By understanding the impetus for creating and maintaining queer community archives, archivists can use this knowledge to foster more reflective practices to be more inclusive in their archival practices through outreach, collaboration, and descriptive practices. This article extends our knowledge of community archives and provides evidence for the need to include communities in archival professional practice.

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ID Code: 58605
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Archival activism, Archives, Community engagement, GLBT, LGBT, Queer community archives
DOI: 10.1007/s10502-013-9201-1
ISSN: 1389-0166
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2013 01:19
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2015 11:51

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