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Sunday, August 4 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
305 - Recontextualizing and Demythologizing Archives: The Applications of Social Theories to the Archival Praxis

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Many archival collections in institutions around the world were created and preserved by the State and/or those with power, to serve their own ends. They decided who deserved to be the subject of a record and who was relegated to an object. In recent decades several archives have pushed back against this, collecting records created by, and about, those on the margins of various power structures. In this session, we explore how social theories can be used to question routine methodologies of archival appraisal and processing. By challenging normative methodologies like original order and MPLP, archivists can recontextualize and "demythologize" their practices and the contents of their collections—resisting normative narratives of history and critically engaging with social minorities that previously have been erased from the record.

Rebecca Joanna Kuske: The Application of Queer Theory to LGBTQ Collections
Megan Renee Benfield: Contextualizing Social Theories and Their Potential Use in Archives
Ryan Hendrickson: "Think Mythically and In Depth": New Contexts for Old Records


Rebecca Joanna Kuske

Student Archivist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rebecca is an Information School graduate student who works as the LGBTQ archivist and the Women@UW processing assistant for the UW-Madison Archives. Prior to UW-Madison, she studied U.S. History with a focus on university social movements and worked within the UW-Parkside Archives... Read More →

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Ryan Hendrickson

Assistant Director for Manuscripts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University
Ryan Hendrickson has been an archivist at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University since 2000, where he is currently the Assistant Director for Manuscripts. He holds a MLS from Simmons University and a MA in History from BU.

Megan Renee Benfield

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Megan is a current archival graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interests are in the intersection of social justice and archival processes, particularly regarding the historical erasure of gender and sexual minorities.

Sunday August 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Grand Salon 7, [Level 4]