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Spelman College Archivist Contributes to Article on Black Women Memory Workers

February 2019

Spelman College Archivist Holly SmithHolly A. Smith knows first-hand the challenges of preserving the African-American story for future generations. Spelman’s archivist teamed up with three fellow African-American archivists, also known as memory workers, to write “This [Black] Woman’s Work: Exploring the Archival Projects that Embrace the Identity of the Memory Worker.”

The article appeared in a recent issue of KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, a peer-reviewed, open access journal.

“In historic preservation, establishing authentic connections is vital to building and establishing collaborative partnerships. Playing an active role in building those relationships ensures that African-American collections, particularly those related to Black women, are no longer historically marginalized,” said Smith. “My fellow sister archivists and I felt it was important to talk about what it means to be a Black woman doing work with communities and preserving records that reflect our intersectional identities.”

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