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Saturday, April 6 • 9:15am - 10:00am
S803 Transforming Outreach with Community Archives

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Big archives. Small archives. Community societies. Grassroot collections. Regardless of the size and type, all archives work to preserve records that document the activities, history, and cultural heritage of their community. The success of their efforts depends on funding, staffing, training, and other resources. It has been common practice for larger, well-funded institutions to support community archives by acquiring records through the traditional donation process. But that cannot  and should not  always be the answer.
This panel explores how four archivists have engaged in efforts to provide archival services at the community-level. Topics examined will include the panelists successes and failures; the opportunities and ethical challenges presented when larger institutions work with smaller, underfunded archives; and the reasons why these professionals have decided to step across the unspoken boundaries between archives. Becca Smith will discuss the annual Day of Service volunteer projects by the Chicago Area Archivists over the past two years at both Pullman Historic Site and the American Indian Center. Sarah Dorpinghaus will present on free archives basics workshops offered to community-based organizations through the University of Kentucky. Sabrina Gorse and Rena Schergen will review archival volunteer service projects with professional archivists and graduate students in community archives throughout the St. Louis area.


Rena Schergen

Chair, Archdiocese of St. Louis


Sabrina Gorse

Missouri Historical Society

Sarah Dorpinghaus

University of Kentucky
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Becca Smith

Librarian/Archivist, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Saturday April 6, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Nicolet A&B