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Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We conclude the final reflection posts from our graduating student archivists series with an entry from Kate Saunders. Kate is an amazing artist and activist dedicated to community work. From the beginning of her time with the CDA team, Kate was a force to be reckoned with and fit in perfectly with us. She brought so much dedication to outreach to the communities CDA worked with due to her activism work and assisted CDA with advancing our outreach efforts. We wish Kate much success as she transitions... read more

Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We continue the final reflection posts from our graduating student archivists series with an entry from Elise Daniells. Elise came to the CDA team because she knew one of our former student archivists Preetpal Gill and heard about the work we at CDA did with communities. Elise is such an amazing talent and brought so much love and light to the team. Elise taught me so much about the art of Opera performance and how that art form treats female characters and the ways that she, as a Black woman within the art, are pushing back... read more

Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We continue the final reflection posts from our graduating student archivists series with an entry from Denise Mosso Ruiz. Denise came to the CDA team with a strong sense of self and an amazing understanding of what community meant to her as she was and continues to be very involved in her community and as a student at Arizona State University (ASU) she was the leader of the ASU chapter of MECHA de ASU . If you review many of Denise’s posts on the CDA blog you can see she is an amazing activist for her community and the... read more

Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We start the final reflection posts from our graduating student archivists series with an entry from Myra Khan. Myra has been such a constant on the CDA team that it seems unimaginable that she will not be here come the upcoming Fall semester. As I have stated previously, Myra has contributed so much to the CDA blog that I will miss her voice and participation in this blog. We wish Myra much success as she transitions into her life away from Arizona State University and the CDA team and applies to law school to become an... read more

Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We wrap up the entries for the Spring 2021 semester with a farewell to our beloved student archivists Myra Khan, Elise Daniells, Denise Mosso Ruiz, and Kate Saunders. As many of you have seen since the relaunch of this blog in November 2019, each of these amazing student archivists have contributed so much to the CDA blog and we could not have done this blog without them. As we prepare to say adios to these amazing humans, we want to highlight a few of the posts each of them has... read more

Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We continue this semester’s CDA blog with a submission from Myra Khan, our amazing student archivist who is currently a senior at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Sustainability with a minor in Political Science and Transborder Studies. Myra’s post is a wonderful reflection on the oral traditions of communities and how this form of storytelling is sometimes seen in a negative light even though it is the ancient tradition of these communities. Please enjoy Myra’s post below.

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Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We continue this semester’s CDA blog with a submission from Denise Mosso Ruiz, another one of our amazing student archivists on the CDA team who is currently a senior at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Sustainability. Denise’s post is a powerful reflection on farm workers movements and how some people within movements can be erased from a historical movement. Please enjoy Denise’s post below.

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The Community-Driven Archives Initiative team stands in solidarity with the Asian Pacific American community in light of the horrific murder of eight individuals by a mass shooter on March 16th. We mourn the unjust deaths of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and the remaining presently unnamed victims. We offer their families and communities our deepest condolences.

This attack cannot be explained as anything but rooted in racism, xenophobia, and misogyny and we refuse to accept any attempts to disguise it as anything but.

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Welcome to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We continue this semester’s CDA blog with a submission from Elise Daniells, one of our amazing student archivists on the CDA team who is a graduate student studying to get her masters in Opera Performance. Elise’s post is a wonderful insight into a "lost" language and how she came to understand that a "game" she was taught as a child turned out to be so much more. Please enjoy Elise’s post below.

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Welcome back to the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and we hope 2021 will be a great year for everyone.

We start this semester’s CDA blog with a submission from Myra Khan, one of our amazing student archivists who is currently a senior at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Sustainability with a minor in Political Science and Transborder Studies. Myra’s post is a wonderful reflection on the complexity of love and the ways in which love can show up in a person’s life. Please enjoy Myra’s reflection below.

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*Note - The Community-Driven Archives (CDA) Initiative blog will be on hiatus until February 2021*

CDA will like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, and that everyone enjoys a safe social distance holiday. Even though we cannot see many of our loved ones during this holiday season remember we are making the right choice by staying in our households. Make sure you follow these guidelines (here) to lower the spread of COVID-19 so we can keep our families and communities healthy. This year has taken so much away from us, and we will remember any loved ones and community members taken from... read more

In the second week of August 2020, I hosted a three-day event, hosting a workshop per day which was called “ CDA Virtual Kids Camp”. Day 1 consisted of story time where the children’s picture book “Julian is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love was read, day 2 consisted of an arts and craft session where crowns were made as the craft, and day 3 consisted of a kid friendly workshop where we explored a family photo and talked to kids about family archiving. These workshops were aimed towards the age group of 5 through 9-year old’s or grades from kindergarten to third grade.  The workshops were all... read more

Last week, I co-facilitated a family photo and memory workshop entitled “Family Legacies, Imagined and Remembered” with the wonderful steering committee of Desert Diwata. The first half of the event consisted of a photo analysis workshop while the second half encouraged participants to engage their feelings based on the workshop and create some sort of reflective art based on the emotions tied to that family photo and story.

"Indian Empire," a Cram atlas map, 1885
As with most of our workshops and events, I came out of the event... read more

This Halloween will certainly be a different Halloween than previous years. Thankfully, social distancing and safety protocols will protect many from exposure to Covid-19, but unfortunately, it will take away the excitement of costume contests and haunted houses! However, as most of us have learned, humans adapt! Throughout this whole pandemic, we have found means to connect with our communities in safe, online ways. Halloween has always been a time for community, sharing new fashions and breaking gender norms. It is a time of collaboration and acceptance. 

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For the longest time, the documentation of African slavery in the United States has been reliant on the experiences and resources of White plantation owners and modern U.S. history textbooks written by White scholars. Due to the seemingly limited access to literacy for slaves, it was widely believed that Black perspective on slavery relied on oral accounts. The disparity of information between Black and White experiences remains vast, however, there are scholars and archivists who refuse to accept a one-sided narrative. In my experience of trying to research the documentation of African... read more

We can look for evidence or proof of queerness in places like the dancefloor, a “space where relations between memory and content, self and other, become inextricably intertwined” -Muñoz, Cruising Utopia

I long for the dance floor, for a queer bar, a space to watch how everyone express themselves, their bodies, their hair, their gestures of joy, to let go. I see the photos from the BJ Bud collection and am reminded that we have always been here, been queer, and nothing is going to change that. I feel a longing, like a nostalgia for the future. One we are still... read more

When I started working here at the Community-Driven Archives Initiative (CDA) at ASU Library, I knew next to nothing about what archives were or what kind of work I was getting into. I imagined some sort of dusty basement shelf job, where we asked community members to donate their old political documents for us to scan and then put back on the shelves with minimal human interaction. What I experienced, as you might have learnt by keeping up with our projects, was quite to the contrary. 

It’s been a little over a year and a half since I began working at CDA and I’ve since grown... read more

In this series titled “Dispatches from the Field” we highlight stories from members of the Arizona State University (ASU) Library and the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team regarding the work we are doing at ASU Library and the work library and archives professionals are doing associated with community archiving. We want to welcome you back to ASU and update you on some exciting events upcoming for the CDA team. For the month of September we have one event and one webinar with the Arizona Library Association (AzLA) Professional Development Committee scheduled. ... read more

 

In this series titled “Dispatches from the Field” we highlight stories from members of the Arizona State University (ASU) Library and the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team regarding activities we are working on. The CDA team at ASU continues to hold virtual get-togethers and we want to thank everyone who has participated so far in our online events. We continue to have amazing turnouts for these events and we are so moved by the response we continue to get from the community regarding our events. 

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In this series titled “Dispatches from the Field” we highlight stories from members of the Arizona State University (ASU) Library and the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team regarding the work we are doing at ASU Library and the work library and archives professionals are doing associated with community archiving. We would like to announce the addition of Charmaine Bonner to the CDA team. Charmaine is currently the Processing Archivist at ASU and will be joining the CDA team to continue her processing work for ASU Library as well as assist the team with outreach projects to the Black... read more

In this series titled “Dispatches from the Field” we highlight stories from members of the Arizona State University (ASU) Library and the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team regarding a number of activities we here at ASU Library are working on or involved with that is associated with the work of community archiving. The CDA team at ASU continues to hold virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to thank everyone who has participated in our online events so far. We have had such an amazing turn out for these events and we could not be more thrilled to continue to bring you... read more

In honor of the Stonewall uprising, the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team would like to take a moment to celebrate this momentous occasion in what many state was one of the most important movements of the 20th century in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. On June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City police conducted an early morning raid on the property. Stonewall Inn during that time was a popular hangout location for many marginalized groups within the LGBTQ+ community including the poor and unhoused folks. Police raids on... read more

In honor of Juneteenth, the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team would like to take a moment to celebrate the day when slavery “officially” ended for all black people in the United States when Union army general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to the black people living and working in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.

This unofficial American holiday, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, is the oldest celebration honoring this day and the end of what is known as chattel slavery in this country. On this day in 1865, General Granger... read more

Preserving history, telling stories: in the service of justice and equity

 

With the recent senseless killings of Black people across this country including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and Dion Johnson, ASU Library stands with the Black Lives Matter movement in condemning these deaths. President Crow has made it clear that the University expects innovation, creativity, and action to build a climate of justice and equity or, in the words of the university’s Charter, expects to assume “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social,... read more

This themed series titled “Time Capsule Letters” is a special series created to highlight submissions for the Community-Driven Archives (CDA) team and community members regarding their lives during COVID-19 and the hopes for our lives after COVID-19. We hope to continue this series with contributions from community members by having you submit your own time capsule letter to yourself or others regarding life during COVID-19. This week we highlight a letter from Elise Daniells, a student worker with the CDA team. We thank Elise for her contribution to this series. 

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