This panel will examine how digital tools, platforms, and processes and long-term partnerships among and between institutional professionals and Indigenous communities transform in a systematic way the archival practices and result in the representation of diverse perspectives in the public record.
The contours of collaboration are diverse. Histories of collection, contact, and colonialism manifest in multiple and often overlapping ways. These histories provide a foundation for relationships that can be both fruitful and fraught. By examining the transformations over long-term relationships made through diverse ways of stewarding collections and the temporal reach of collections themselves, we begin to see how archival practices from curation to access to preservation are made and unmade and woven together through long-term care. By emphasizing a slow archives practice and process we can examine the transformations of knowledge, the shifts in values, and the ways that access and use shift with diverse sets of needs. While corporate models and institutional mandates in recent decades have privileged processing speed and minimal descriptions, this panel examines slow archival models as a way to track how ethical commitments and engagements can be embedded in the structure of archives. Specifically, this panel will examine how digital tools, platforms, and processes, on the one hand, and long-term partnerships and personal communication among and between institutional professionals and indigenous community members, on the other, intervene in a systematic way in archival practices and result in the representation of diverse perspectives in the public record.
Guha Shankar (Library of Congress)
Margaret Kruesi (Library of Congress)