Diversifying ​The Digital Historical Record


Diversifying the Digital Historical Record: Integrating Community Archives in National Strategies for Access to Digital Cultural Heritage is a substantive series of forums organized by the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, in collaboration with the Shorefront Legacy Center, the South Asian American Digital Archive, Mukurtu, and the Inland Empire Memories Project of the University of California- Riverside.

Diversifying the Digital Historical Record focuses on community archives integration in a National Digital Platform and the potential impact for representation of diverse communities in our digital cultural heritage. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Forum Grants program, the project will host four open and collaborative community archives forums with the following three goals:

  • Provide a public space for critical conversations about the makeup of our cultural heritage, including the digital, with the goal of addressing representation and the lack of diversity in those collections;
  • Develop effective and sustainable local, regional or national networks of community archives resources, programming and collections access;
  • Design strategies for increased collaboration with inclusion in national digital initiatives such as the National Digital Platform.

The main findings of the forums will be reflected and incorporated into a white paper summarizing the conversations and proposing future directions for community archives continued development and collaboration with national digital initiatives. In addition to the white paper, this website will be maintained to house the proceedings, white paper, session recordings and social media conversations for public access.