ASU Library’s Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative is reimagining and transforming 21st century academic libraries and archives by developing and implementing innovative solutions that address inequities, erasure, and trauma. Our award winning initiative advances ASU’s research and public service mission by creating a collaborative culture that models reparative justice, diversity, inclusion and broadens access to and preservation of knowledge.
Vision and Values
Empathy and Reparative Action
We seek to…
- Build relationships with historically marginalized communities in Arizona by cultivating trust and mutual respect.
- Acknowledge the legacy of White supremacy in Arizona and historical trauma by dismantling traditional power structures that exclude.
- Break cycles of erasure through the collaborative development of CDA collections, programs and services.
- Ensure community members are truly able to engage at all levels of the preservation process and share stewardship responsibilities.
Collective Memory and Knowledge
We aim to…
- Work with communities to redefine the traditional definition and function of an archive.
- Center the lived experiences and knowledge of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) memory keepers.
- Create intergenerational and intersectional safe spaces that support lifelong learning and reimagine archives as spaces of inclusion.
- Support community-driven projects that use archival material, storytelling and memory keeping as healing tools.
- Provides free access to archival training, archive starter kits, technology and other educational resources that empower our patrons.
- Supports community archivists as they establish their own archives outside of the university for future generations.
- Facilitates the donation of archival material to ASU Library’s Black Collections, Chicano/a Research Collection, Greater Arizona Collection and University Archives.
- Provides access to our collections in our reading room and digital repository.
- Improves metadata to enable culturally relevant searching and access to archival collections and library resources.
More than research and preservation, CDA is helping historically marginalized communities process and remember by centering their knowledge. Seeing yourself in history, probably for the first time, and then reflecting on it leads to personal and collective healing. We humanize ourselves and others when we take action, work with archives, and share our stories.Nancy Liliana GodoyDirector and Associate Archivist