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Friday, April 5 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
S602 #Archives4BlackLives: Archivists Respond to Black Lives Matter

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Archives For Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) is a loose association of archivists, librarians, and allied professionals in the area responding to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. As a group that is primarily white, we seek to push white archivists to deconstruct white supremacy in their archives and within the profession. In this session, A4BLiP organizers will present about some of the projects the group has embarked upon so far: publishing a statement of principles advocating for just policies around records of police violence, affirming the importance of documenting Black lives in the historical record, and acknowledging the need to make the archival profession more inclusive of archivists of color; processing community-based archival collections and seeking opportunities to advise organizations serving Black communities on archival and records management questions; and devising standards for anti-oppressive archival description and procedures for auditing repositories description for racist language. This will lead in to a discussion about ways archivists can work to ensure that Black Lives Matter in the archival record, in the archival profession, and in society writ large. We are proud of our successes but also aware of potential pitfalls in the road ahead. Our goal is to hear ideas and understand concerns from archivists in the Midwestern region to inform our work in Philadelphia. We also hope is to spark interest in establishing sister groups nationwide.


Faith Charlton

Chair, Princeton University Library


Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Alexia Antracoli

Princeton University Library

Friday April 5, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
Nicolet A&B