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Thursday, August 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
301 - Archiving "Dirty Laundry": Issues of Access, Transparency, and Respectability Among Archives of Underdocumented Communities

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When archiving collections documenting communities of color, many institutions highlight materials showcasing achievement, upward mobility, and activism, while often suppressing "less respectable" histories of conflict or transgressions within Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American communities. University and public library archivists share examples of how they promote transparency and a diverse historical record while challenging notions of respectability and silence around intra-racial turmoil and queer communities within the archives.

Andrea R. Jackson: Archiving "Dirty Laundry": Perceived Issues of Access, Transparency, and Respectability Politics Among Archives of Underdocumented Communities
Kerrie Cotten Williams: Development of African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection
Raquel Flores-Clemons: Institutional Turmoil, Protest and Administrative Records at a Predominantly Minority-Serving University
Ida Jones: A Cloud of Suspicion at Two HBCUs: The Emmett Scott Papers, Morgan State and Howard Universities
Margarita Vargas-Betancourt: Confronting Historical Prejudice and Privilege: The Challenges of Representing the Underrepresented Inside and Out of the Academic Archive

Moderator: Andrea R. Jackson

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Andrea R. Jackson

Executive Director, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Andrea Jackson is Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, a membership organization of Chicagoland repositories collecting, documenting & making accessible African American & Diasporic history & archives. She is an alumna of Spelman College & New York Univ... Read More →

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Raquel Flores-Clemons

University Archivist, Chicago State University
Raquel Flores-Clemons is the University Archivist and Director of Archives, Records Management, and Special Collections at Chicago State University. She is an advocate for equity and access, and is deeply committed to capturing the historical narratives of communities of color.

Ida Jones

University Archivist, Morgan State University
Dr. Ida Jones is a historian and University Archivist at Morgan State University. She previously served as an assistant curator of manuscripts at Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and is the author of several books on African Americans, primarily in Washington... Read More →
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Margarita Vargas-Betancourt

Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, University of Florida
Dr. Margarita Vargas-Betancourt is the Latin American & Caribbean Special Collections Librarian at University of Florida. She uses her background on colonialism, ethnohistory, and diversity to identify and highlight the hidden voices in archival collections and empower Latino stu... Read More →

Kerrie Cotten Williams

Manager of Special Collections, DC Public Library
Kerrie Cotten Williams is the Manager of Special Collections at DC Public Library. As previous Archives Manager for the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History, she initiated donor engagement and creation of the African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Co... Read More →

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