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Saturday, August 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
703 - Lumos Maxima! Illuminating Controversial or Restricted Records through Outreach

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When it comes to outreach, archivists can be hesitant to promote controversial archival collections that elicit strong emotional reactions or that are subject to public records restrictions. Through a series of case studies designed to turn hesitancy into opportunity, this special focus session compares, contrasts and highlights the many ways in which different institutions have successfully increased engagement with emotionally and legally challenging records on a limited budget.

Bethany Fair: Case Study 5: Hosting Community Forums on the Vermont Eugenics Survey
Hannah Abelbeck: Case Study 2: Sharing Photographic Collections with Complicated Colonial Histories
Stacey Flores Chandler: Case Study 4: Preserving Letters to the White House from Diverse Constituents
Marta Crilly: Case Study 3: Digital Outreach with Boston's School Desegregation Records
Nadia Dixson: Case Study 1: When Reference Questions Become Public Records Requests

Chair
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Bethany Fair

Archivist II, Vermont State Archives
Bethany Fair is an Archivist at the Vermont State Archives where she is vital to providing Reference services, processing collections, conducting strategic outreach campaigns, and managing social media. She has an M.S. in History and an M.L.S in Library Science from Simmons Colle... Read More →

Speakers
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Stacey Flores Chandler

Reference Archivist, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Stacey is the Reference Archivist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, specializing in access and outreach for paper-based collections. She has an MA in Public History from Northeastern University.
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Marta Crilly

Archivist for Reference and Outreach, Boston City Archives
Marta is the Archivist for Reference and Outreach at the Boston City Archives where she manages the Archives' outreach program, social media initiatives, research services, and digital records program.
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Nadia Dixson

City Archivist, City of Somerville Archives
Nadia Dixson has been the first and only archivist for the City of Somerville since 2008. During her tenure she has overseen first processing projects in the archives, the initiation of the digital preservation program, and the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the city.


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