Community Archiving with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
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Community archives have historically been developed by communities that have been marginalized or under-documented (e.g. LGBTQIA, ethnic and racial groups, and women) in mainstream or traditional archives. Preserving the history of one's community allows for a fuller narrative and history to be recorded and saved for future generations and scholars. Charleston's Eastside community, originally named Hampstead Village, has an important history and legacy of being the locale of early Black residences, churches, businesses, and places of activism (e.g. Cigar Factory Strike and NAACP Charleston Branch offices). This history can be found in both written records and in oral stories, both of which need to be preserved and documented. Community archives provide a space for communities like the Eastside to collect, preserve, and provide access to these histories. In this workshop Archivist Aaisha Haykal will provide strategies and tips for developing a community archive and discuss some that have already been created.