Sunday, August 4 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
401 - No Ordinary Pain: Invisible Labor and Trauma, Radical Empathy, and Self-Care in Archival Work

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Although professional discussions mostly interrogate technical and administrative issues, little attention is given to traumas that manifest in our work as experienced by donors, community, and ourselves. Three archivists draw on their experiences as black women working in various institutions to define trauma in archives and offer strategies to manage archival work related to trauma. They advocate for self-care that radically shifts how we approach/discuss our work, histories we preserve, and communities we serve.

avatar for Raquel A. Flores-Clemons

Raquel A. Flores-Clemons

University Archivist | Director of Archives, Records Mgmt., & Special Collection, Chicago State University
Raquel Flores-Clemons received her MSLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An advocate for equity and access, she maintains a deep commitment to capturing historical narratives of communities of color and engages Hip Hop as a method of archival praxis + information... Read More →

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Tracy Drake

Archivist/Archival Specialist, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library | Chicago Public Library
Tracy Drake is an archivist at the Chicago Public Library. Tracy holds a BS in African American Studies from Eastern Illinois University, MA in history from Roosevelt University, and MSLIS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Skyla S. Hearn

Chief Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, DuSable Museum of African American History
Skyla S. Hearn is the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Skyla champions the unsung cultural and societal contributors from African American communities and other groups not of the hegemony.

Sunday August 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Grand Salon 5/6, [Level 4]