The Activist Archivist

“The Activist Archivist: A Symposium on Archives and Social Justice”

Dr. Randall Jimerson, Western Washington University


Randall C. Jimerson is professor of History and director of the Archives and Records Management master’s degree program at Western Washington University. He is a fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists, and author of Archives Power: Memory, Accountability, and Social Justice (SAA, 2009) and a personal memoir, Shattered Glass in Birmingham: One Family’s Fight for Civil Rights, 1961-1964 (LSU Press, expected early 2014).

Dr. David Wallace, University of Michigan

wallace_david-1253_5x7Dr. Wallace is a Clinical Associate Professor and has been a full-time graduate archival educator since 1997. For over two decades he has published and presented in a wide range of professional forums, examining: recordkeeping and accountability; archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; social justice impact of archives; freedom of information; government secrecy; Wikileaks; professional ethics; electronic records management; and graduate archival education. He is also: editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction”; co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002), and served as the series technical editor for twelve volumes of the National Security Archive’s The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). He has consulted widely, including substantial associations with the South African History Archive’s Freedom of Information Programme, and Stories For Hope, an intergenerational storytelling NGO in Rwanda. He is currently a co-Principal Investigator to the “Community, Memory, and Ethical Access to Music from The Ark and the African Field” project and collaborating with colleagues in Canada and the United Kingdom on a research project on the “Social Justice Impact of Archives.”

Local Panel: Rob Spinder, Dr. Christine Marin, Nancy Godoy

Arizona State University Archivists Rob Spindler, Dr. Christine Marin,  and Nancy Godoy will discuss their work with the Chicano(a) Collection, part of Arizona State University’s Special Collections. They will discuss the founding of the collection in 1970; how it has developed over time; work with politically controversial materials; outreach with community organizations and activist groups; the use of social media to engage the community; and challenges of having such a controversial collection housed within a state institution.

Funding and in-kind donations generously provided by the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB) and the Arizona Historical Society at Papago Park.

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