What a great first week of posts on the Archives Month Blog! A big thank you to everyone that wrote for us, visited the blog and shared posts on social media. We’ll be back on Monday for week two!
Some of our favorite quotes from this week’s posts:
Oct. 3rd, I Choose to See by Katie Dennis-Gunneron: “As individuals, we see different things and have different truths, we have different worldviews and experiences. But as individuals in the archival profession, we are called to document and preserve the whole of society, even those aspects that we can’t see for ourselves.”
Oct. 4th, Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers: Preserving Cultural Memory by TLAM’s Carmella Hatch: ” In the case of archives, I had never thought about what it would be like to have so much of your documented history held and controlled by someone else. Having the ability to use your own materials to tell your own story is hugely important in helping future generations to have an accurate understanding of the history of this country and its peoples. The preservation of cultural memory is crucial for the proliferation of Native American cultures into the present.”
Oct. 5th, DNA Digital Data Storage: The Human as Archive — Or, I, Library — Or, Probably the Plot of a Network TV Show a Few Years From Now — A very sci-fi Archives Month Blog Post! by Logan Rains: “And I know that’s the kind of thing you’d have a researcher say in a movie right before cutting to a scene of the world on fire, and centuries worth of scientific and technological progress set on fire along with it, followed by a few millennia worth of survivors trying to relearn crop rotation, never mind the poor slobs attempting to sequence artificial DNA. But for now, lets revel in this huge leap in information storage technology, and try to remember where you were the day you found out we can fit an entire library on strands of DNA the size of a few grains of sand.”
Oct. 6th, Tribal Archives: How the Past Can Help Build the Future by TLAM’s Abigail Cahill: “Archives provide invaluable documentation of tribal histories, including information on individual tribal members as well as tribal activities. These documents are vital for tribes seeking federal recognition, but they’re also valuable to tribes seeking to document and celebrate their own pasts. Archives have provided the Brothertown Indian Nation with much of the materials they will use in their next bid to Congress for federal recognition. They’re not giving up hope.”
Oct. 7th, There’s an Impostor at the Archive by Amanda Larson: “This means for women going into archival positions there is more of a likelihood that they will experience impostor syndrome. Especially since early career archivists are more likely to find themselves in the position of being a lone arranger with minimal support staff. That means as archivists we need to be able to do a variety of different tasks within the archive-collection development, processing, arrangement and description, conservation, preservation, etc. When you have to be able to do such a wide array of things all at once there is more of an opportunity for you to feel like a fraud, because someone might discover that you don’t know how to do it all!”
Thank you again to all our bloggers! We couldn’t do it without you!