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Linda Earle, 2021 Visiting Scholar. Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University.

Webinar Series: Archivists, Curators, and Scholars on Archiving Black Culture

Our online conversation series Archiving Black Culture: Ethics and Practices of Change brought together archivists, scholars, and curators to explore the work being done to restore Black cultural presence, expand content, and reimagine access. In her role as the Center’s 2020–21 Visiting Scholar, Linda Earle convened four discussions with eight speakers presenting thoughtful insight and conversation on how Black archives can serve as a framework for a multivalent exploration of Black cultural production.

Read more about these discussions and watch recordings of the webinars below.


Recovering Marginalized Histories

Memory workers discuss reframing archival processes to recognize and surface narratives that have been traditionally undervalued by those systems and how to make archives more accessible.

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Archiving Black Culture: Recovering Marginalized Histories

Digital Protocols & Possibilities

Three scholars talk about navigating the digital landscape with archival and curatorial protocols that center justice and support entirely new forms of public engagement.

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Archiving Black Culture: Digital Protocols & Possibilities

Curating & the Archive: We Wanted a Revolution

Linda speaks with Rujeko Hockley about curating the landmark show We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, first exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 2017, and compiling an “archival sourcebook” that continues to be a resource for scholars and curators.

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Archiving Black Culture: Curating & the Archive

Artists, Community, and Alternative Archival Practices

Two archivists from the Nomadic Archivists Project discuss how they help partners archive creative endeavors, political advocacy, and community histories; develop archival literacy in audiences; and explore the impact of working with communities to document Black cultural and intellectual legacies.

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Archiving Black Culture: Artists, Community, and Alternative Archival Practices