Archives can be like a black box. Description is like carving a window into the black box; the better the description, the bigger the window.
In an archival context, gift agreements transfer the physical ownership of materials from groups or individuals to an institution. Gift agreements should clearly lay out what the donor can expect from the institution and vice versa.
Community archives and other community-centric history, heritage, and memory projects work to empower communities to tell, protect, and share their history on their terms.
A charrette is a focus group that brings together a wide variety of stakeholders in order to map solutions.
When we talk about communities, we aren’t just talking about towns that exist right here, right now with neatly registered zip codes.
When it comes to protecting intellectual property that is part of your or your community’s history, it helps to understand what legal rights apply to your materials.
The difference between preserving something and making something accessible to the public is important for communities to consider when managing digital files.
Before conducting an oral history interview, make sure to create a consent form for you and your interviewee to sign.
From the beginning, the Community-Driven Archives Team has prioritized oral history training and the collection of oral histories as a key part of our work.
Archival items, like photos and documents, let you discover history firsthand. Following a general research format can help you find amazing histories.