Submissions:2017/Building the New York City HIV/AIDS Archive: The La Guardia & Wagner Archives Wikipedia Project

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Building the New York City HIV/AIDS Archive: The La Guardia & Wagner Archives Wikipedia Project
Theme (optional)
GLAM & Education
Type of submission
Ann Matsuuchi
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Ann Matsuuchi (User:Mozucat), Renne Barry (User:OhhRenneR), Akampreet Kaur (User:AkampreetKaur), Michael Martinez (User:ChangeWithUs) & Lane Rasberry (User:Bluerasberry)
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY & Wikimedia New York City

In this presentation, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) students and Wikipedia community members will discuss their experiences working on an ongoing GLAM project at the La Guardia and Wagner Archives where they conducted a year-long independent research project designed to help foster the needed growth of a localized historical archive on the history of AIDS in New York City. This is the second year of this collaborative project, which began in 2016, which involved archivists, librarians and faculty, as well as the continued support of the Wikimedia NYC chapter and Consumer Reports. The objective was to both increase online visibility of archival holdings while effectively introducing students to the process of archival research. This project also sought to involve them in establishing unwritten historical narratives that are crucial towards building a more inclusive public history of activism and our cities. This year’s cohort of students contributed to the entry started by last year’s team - HIV/AIDS in New York City, their work based upon unique archival sources that included the papers of Mayor Ed Koch and interviews with artists/activists. We would also like to foster discussion of questions like: How can we foster connections with other archives, museums, colleges and activist groups in order to make these kinds of Wikipedia projects even more relevant? How do we negotiate the issues relating to usage of primary sources when facilitating GLAM projects?

Length of presentation
15-20 min.
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computer, projector, screen
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  1. RachelWex (talk) 03:05, 21 July 2017 (UTC)