During the Fall 2019 semester several archivists, including Maggie McNeely at Brandeis, worked on the Archiving Student Activism Toolkit for Project STAND. The Toolkit, now live, is meant to be utilized by both student activists and archivists. The tool covers considerations and best practices for archivists. It also aims to empower student activists through an understanding of the many options available for preserving their work. The preservation of information regarding student activism needs to consider personal safety, contextualization, and consent. Additionally, the activists’ ability to participate in setting the terms of agreement is critical to a successful archiving partnership. Much of what Maggie contributed to the Toolkit is based on what she learned working with members of the Brandeis BLK Archives Collective since 2016.
Also for 2019: Project STAND founders Lae’l Hughes-Watkins and Tamar Chute were honored by a Society of American Archivists (SAA) Council Resolution “for focusing on the needs and efforts of academic archives in documenting marginalized student activism and advocating for and supporting the work of underrepresented student communities’ engagement in social justice activities on and off campus.” Congratulations Lae’l and Tamar.
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