Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
101 - Toward Culturally Competent Archival (Re)Description of Marginalized Histories

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Influenced by the radical archives movement, panelists discuss their (re)processing projects for which they wrote or rewrote descriptions in culturally competent approaches. Their case studies include materials regarding underrepresented peoples and historically oppressed groups who are marginalized from or maligned in the archival record. Targeted to processors, this session aims to teach participants to apply their cultural competencies in writing finding aids through an introduction to cultural competency framework, the case study examples, and a short audience-participation exercise.

Annie Tang: Dealing with Dealer Descriptions: Navigating Black and Asian Identities as Creators and Subjects in Purchased Manuscript Collections
Dorothy Judith Berry: Negro/Colored/Afro-American; Describing Blackness on a Mass Scale
Kelly Bolding: You Can't Ask the Dead: A Case Study on LGBTQIA+ Identities and Outness in Archival Description for Historical Collections
Rachel E. Winston: (Re)Discovery: Navigating Collections and Dusty Descriptions

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Annie Tang

Special Collections & Archives Coordinator, Chapman University
Originally from the LA area, Annie Tang is the Coordinator of Special Collections & Archives at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She was previously the Processing Archivist at Johns Hopkins University. Annie loves a good bowl of Vietnamese pho (pronounced ‘fuh... Read More →

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Dorothy Berry

Digital Collections Program Manager, Houghton Library
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Kelly Bolding

Project Archivist, Americana Manuscript Collections, Princeton University Library
Kelly Bolding is the Project Archivist for Americana Manuscript Collections at Princeton University Library, where she works with 18th and 19th century American history collections, as well as on developing workflows for processing born-digital and audiovisual materials. She is a... Read More →

Rachel E. Winston

Black Diaspora Archivist, The University of Texas at Austin

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