Building Inclusivity Through Connections With Community Archives

Building Inclusivity Through Connections With Community Archives

Andrea Copeland (Indiana University Indianapolis, USA) and Ayoung Yoon (Indiana University Indianapolis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7429-3.ch002

Abstract

This chapter explores how to construct bridges between existing cultural institutions and community archives (or community groups wanting to develop archives) and the potential role for third-party organizations in bridging these groups. Further, research is presented that provides recommendations for library and archive practitioners who wish to build connections with groups in their communities. Connecting with participatory heritage is introduced as a means to build capacity in community groups for sustaining efforts to preserve and make accessible diverse histories.
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Introduction

This chapter offers practice-based recommendations on how to construct bridges between existing heritage institutions and community archives or community groups wanting to develop archives. These recommendations are based on a case study of a multi-year project involving one particular community archive that began 160 years ago and remains active today, as well as, a qualitative study focused on individuals who have functioned as a third-party organization to bridge connections between institutions and community groups. The concept of participatory heritage is presented as the social context in which connections and capacity are built.

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