Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives

The new Archivist in a Backpack project equips community partners with tools

The Blog Hyper­all­er­gic wri­tes: „Much of our under­stan­ding of the past is based on archi­ves, and who assem­bles tho­se records, and deci­des what’s worthy of pro­tec­tion. A new pro­ject at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Caro­li­na at Cha­pel Hill’s Sou­thern His­to­ri­cal Collec­tion (SHC) is making archi­ve crea­ti­on more acces­si­ble by offe­ring resour­ces that can easi­ly launch com­mu­ni­ty part­ners on memo­ry pro­jects. Cal­led Archi­vist in a Back­pack, it sup­plies com­pact kits with basic tools for oral histo­ry and mate­ri­al archives.“

The blog exp­lains: „One kit is spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for oral histo­ry inter­views. While it has the expec­ted audio recor­der and tri­pod, it fur­ther assists DIY his­to­ri­ans through inter­view ques­ti­on cards and a trai­ning gui­de from the Sou­thern Oral Histo­ry Pro­gram, as well as thank you cards to send par­ti­ci­pants. Ano­t­her is desi­gned for archi­val pre­ser­va­ti­on and digi­tiz­a­ti­on of ephe­me­ra, whe­ther pho­to­graphs, let­ters, or dia­ries. A flat­bed scan­ner, thumb dri­ve for files, acid-free slee­ves and fol­ders, and cot­ton gloves for hand­ling fra­gi­le pho­to­graphs, are joi­ned by user-friend­ly tech­ni­cal tips.“

Read the full arti­cle here.

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