Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and the LGBT community make up over 42% of Arizona's population but are only represented in 0-2% of known archival collections. - Arizona Archives Matrix Project

In order to address this inequity, ASU Library will host fifteen Archives and Preservation Workshops and five Scanning and Oral History Days per year (three years total). These events will be free and open to the public at various locations across the state. The Latino, African American, Asian American, and LGBT community share a collective memory in Arizona, a legacy of accomplishments, and social justice history that needs to be preserved collectively.

Archives and preservation workshops

Individuals will learn how to be Community Archivists for underrepresented communities. Each workshop will be two hours in length and attendees will receive an “Archive Starter Kit” that contains a bilingual preservation brochure (Spanish and English) and archival supplies (acid-free box, folders, mylar, and gloves).

Scanning and oral history days

Individuals will learn how to scan archival material and conduct an oral history interview. Each event will be 4 hours in length and attendees will receive 50 free scans (per person) and have the opportunity to record their story using StoryCenter Listening Stations.

Collage of archival photos: Female Carver High School student, Phoenix, Arizona, 1940; Wedding at Gila River Relocation Camp, 1942; Fidencio Hinojosa, Phoenix, Arizona, Circa 1950s; Little girl holding "GAY IS OK" sign at a Pride march in Phoenix, Circa 1982
Reimagine the archive not as a static repository but as an active site of knowledge production that could realize the emancipatory potential of its central subject. - Dr. Maria Cotera


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