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1 Preserving the History of Boston’s Diversity: Northeastern University’s Project to Document African American, Chinese, Latino, and GLBT Communities of Boston Joan D. Krizack Northeastern University SALALM 55 - July 26, 2010

2 Overview Motivation Collecting Community involvement and outreach Access and use

3 Motivation Develop special collections Freedom House Gov. Volpe Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra Find niche and develop collecting policy Avoid competition Appropriate for Northeastern Available without cost

4 Motivation  Personal Interest  Howard Zinn, “The Archivist and the New Left,” 1970  Gerald Ham, “The Archival Edge,” 1975

5 Collecting NHPRC grants 1. Freedom House 2. Plan to document 4 communities + process 3 collections

6 Collecting Documentation Topics Framework:

7 Collecting, cont. Social Reform and Welfare : “Efforts to achieve or oppose social, economic, and political change, including grassroots efforts outside of mainstream organizations. Individuals, organizations, and activities that address issues such as civil rights and discrimination related to population groups, animal rights, environmental affairs, war and peace, health care, abortion/reproductive rights, public safety (including domestic violence, neighborhood watch groups, hate crimes, gun control, death penalty, police actions, etc.), welfare reform, trade/globalization. Also scholarly research related to social reform.”

8 Collecting Topic → Population → Organizations / Individuals → Records Example: Topic = Social welfare and reform Population = Latino Specific organization = La Alianza Hispana Specific record series = Board minutes

9 Collecting Strategy Seek contact person

10 Collecting  Strategy  Send letter and brochure

11 Collecting  Strategy  Make follow up call

12 Collecting  Strategy  Hold meeting at NU / organization

13 Collecting Patience and persistence Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation (1998) Action for Boston Community Development (2002)

14 Collecting Reputation and Serendipity Positive Directions Fenway Community Health

15 Community Involvement and Outreach Proactive approach Community representation on Archives’ staff

16 Community Involvement and Outreach Advisory board and liaison Diversity within communities

17 Community Involvement and Outreach Long term commitment Process quickly Publicize acquisition and processing Accept future accretions / documentation planning

18 Community Involvement and Outreach Programming Exhibits – virtual and real Panel discussions

19 Community Involvement and Outreach Programming Digitization projects EMC grant MBLC grant (IMLS) Oral history initiative

20 Community Involvement and Outreach Community requests Invitations

21 Access and Use  IMLS/MBLC grant  EMC grant

22 Thank you. Joan D. Krizack Northeastern University SALAM 55, July 26, 2010


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