SNCA 2012 – State of African American Archives

During this session three people spoke about their experiences with African American Archives. One, an archival professor at NCCU, expressed her efforts to instill in her students a respect for their communities. She tries to teach her students to go out into their communities and seek out opportunities to help small archival collections, such at their local churches, community organizations, or even the personal papers of their neighbors. It is up to them to act as advocates for their friends and neighbors, and recognize the importance of the materials that many individuals in African American communities do not think others will find valuable. All three speakers stressed that trust was a huge factor in building African American collections, and archivists must be cautious, but persistent in their efforts to discover, organize, and preserve the unique history of African American communities.

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