10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall | Keynote Panel: Imagining Archives without Borders
Steven G. Fullwood is a documentarian, archivist and writer. He is the co-founder of The Nomadic Archivists Project, an initiative that partners with organizations, institutions, and individuals to establish, preserve, and enhance collections that explore the African Diasporic experience. Fullwood is the former assistant curator of the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 1998, he founded the In the Life Archive (ITLA) to aid in the preservation of materials produced by LGBTQ people of African descent.
Miranda Mims is the Special Collections Archivist for Discovery and Access and Curator of modern literature and publishers, human rights and social justice, and local LGBTQ history and culture in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) at the University of Rochester. She is the co-founder of the Nomadic Archivist Project (NAP), an awardee of the Society of American Archivists Foundation (SAAF). NAP is an initiative devoted to developing relationships and beginning conversations around preserving legacy, memory, connection, and trust in the African diaspora. Mims is formerly an archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and at Catholic University's Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature and its Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR).
Chaitra Powell is the African American Collections & Outreach Archivist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Library Journal named Powell a 2017 Mover & Shaker in the library field for her efforts in making marginalized voices central to the archives. She has spearheaded the African American Families Documentation Initiative since 2014, and supplied guidance to community archiving projects like the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum. She received both her B.A. in Sociology (’07) and M.A. in Library Science (’10) from The University of Arizona.
Powell embodies the critical task of synthesizing African American cultural artifacts that have been historically hidden or neglected. Powell has coined the term “community-driven archives” as a methodology for communities to understand the importance of their stories, to participate in conversations of cultural preservation alongside researchers and practitioners, and to distribute the agency in collecting and accessioning materials. Powell is the project director for a multi-year Mellon Grant focused on developing tools and strategies to support community driven archives, such as Archivist in a Backpack, which translates the oral history process into an accessible and affordable backpack kit.
Moderator: Alli Crandell, CCU