Building on the author’s experiences as the co-founder and a board member of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), this article posits that independent, community-based archives are crucial tools for fighting the symbolic annihilation of historically marginalized groups.
Seeing Yourself in History: Community Archives and the Fight Against Symbolic Annihilation
Michelle Caswell is Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. She is the author of Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). Her articles on archives, social justice, and collective memory of trauma have appeared in Archival Science, Archivaria, The American Archivist, The Journal of Documentation, InterActions, First Monday and Libri. She is also the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (http://www.saadigitalarchive.org), an online repository that documents and provides access to the diverse stories of South Asian Americans.
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Michelle Caswell; Seeing Yourself in History: Community Archives and the Fight Against Symbolic Annihilation. The Public Historian 1 November 2014; 36 (4): 26–37. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2014.36.4.26
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