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New York 2018 Archives Week Symposium: The Uncomfortable Archive

  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Despite claims to the contrary, the work of an archivist has never been slow. In fact, archivists today routinely find themselves at the center of controversy as they attempt to corral the endless flow of digital material produced during the Information Age. The 2018 New York Archives Week Symposium will confront the tough questions, tackling issues like: What is keeping too much? What is keeping too little? What is posterity? Prepare to get uncomfortable as stories of quandaries, confrontations, and sleepless nights are bound to elicit that age-old question, “What would I do?”

The symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish History (CJH) and with generous support from the MetLife Foundation, offers a full day of presentations on studies, strategies, research, and analyses, with the aim of bringing together archivists, records managers, librarians, museum professionals, scholars, researchers, and the general public.


9 - 12 Registration

9:30 - 10 Opening Remarks

Rachel Miller, Director of Archive and Library Services, Center for Jewish History, NYC

Cristina Vignone, President, Archivists Roundtable

10 - 11Keynote address byAnthony Clark, author of The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies

11 - 12 The Jacket from Dachau: Curatorial Choices in discussing the Holocaust and Mental Health

         Marisa Hollywood, Cary Lane and Olivia Tursi

12:15 - 1:15 Uncomfortable Powers: Archiving Dangerous Knowledge

    Omission and Obfuscation in the Private Soviet Archive

Katherine Tsan

    Watergate, Covfefe, and presidential records

Katherine M. Wisser

    SID today and SID Tomorrow: Releasing an Archive of Leaked Government Documents

Talya Cooper

1:15 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 3:30 The American Jewish Historical Society: 125 Years of Discomfort

      Tanya Elder, Elizabeth Hyman, and Susan Woodland

3:45 - 4:45 Uncomfortable Us: Archiving the Mirrors to Ugliness

     Collecting Jim Crow: the Museum of the City of New York’s Collection on Minstrelsy

Morgen Stevens-Garmon

     We Were Never Who We Wanted to Be: The Representation of the Other in Early New York Court Records

Geof Huth

     Describing Historic Disabilities: practical suggestions for improved and respectful access in archival collections

Meghan R. Rinn

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org
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