Our Values

Our values are our compass. We emphasize the importance of developing a set of guiding principles to lead the way. 

Guiding Principles

Community leaders in Hobson City, Alabama care for local museum collections during a CDAT-led workshop. Courtesy CDAT

We center the needs of a diverse set of communities by listening carefully to local leaders and supporting local history keepers. Engaged communities build more representative archives and historical narratives.

We demystify institutional archives and support history keepers to steward their own collections and interpret their own histories.

We directly support and resource the work of our partners. These groups preserve and share underrepresented stories and empower communities as curators.

We act as a home base for history keepers, sharing archival and interpretive approaches that range from easy to complex and from affordable to high-budget.