Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections

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All too often the image of a public library archive is of a dusty collection of artifacts and documents occasionally exhumed for a neglected display case. But librarians and archivists across the country are turning that stereotype on its head, developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections departments are demonstrating their value not only for preservation but also for outreach, education, and public service. In this book Schull canvasses the nation, showcasing exciting ideas that can be adapted for every public library. A must-have text for anyone with responsibilities for directing, managing or teaching archival services, as well as for those who are studying best practices and planning for change, this book

  • Offers examples of more than 100 projects that reflect the scope and variety of emerging practices that foster public engagement, culled from conversations with dozens of the nation's leading public library archivists and special collections staff
  • Profiles 13 institutions and departments that are in the forefront of change
  • Analyzes trends in public programming, community documentation, and digital communications that are re-shaping the image, functions, content, and uses of public library archives and special collections

Sharing models for institutions seeking to expand connections with public audiences, this unique survey demonstrates how to make archives come alive for libraries and their communities.

Visit the companion website for this book at Archives Alive.

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1: Art and Archives

African Dance Projects, Jerome Robbins Dance Division

New York (NY) Public Library for the Performing Arts

Artists-in-Residence Program

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Arts and Archives: Master Classes in the Arts and Humanities

Hartford History Center, Hartford (CT) Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library: An Open Book

Brooklyn (NY) Public Library

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection

Free Library of Philadelphia

Louisa Solano Poetry Series

Cambridge (MA) Public Library

Make It New: SDSU Book Artists Respond to the Wangenheim Room Collection

San Diego (CA) Public Library

Newark Art and Artists: Prints, Photographs, and Other Works on Paper

Newark (NJ) Public Library

On and Off The Wall: The Visual Arts Since 2000

Cleveland Public Library

One Book, Many Interpretations

Chicago Public Library

reThink INK: 25 Years at Mixit Print Studio

Boston Public Library

Songs in the Key of L.A.

Los Angeles (CA) Public Library

Third Thursday Jazz Series

Fort Worth (TX) Public Library

The Wonder Show, Rediscovery, Wonderful Surprise and At Play

Providence (RI) Public Library


Chapter 2: Community Archives

Center for Local History

Arlington (VA) Public Library

The Charleston Archive

Charleston County (SC) Public Library

Community Archivists Program

Austin History Center, Austin (TX) Public Library

In the Life Archive

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York (NY) Public Library

 Local History Center

Port Washington (NY) Public Library

Puerto Rican Community Archive

Newark (NJ) Public Library

Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection

Chicago Public Library


Chapter 3: Educational Initiatives

After-School History Workshops

Birmingham (AL) Public Library

Black History 360°: The Schomburg's Summer Education Institute and Junior Scholars Program

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York (NY) Public Library

Brooklyn Connections

Brooklyn (NY) Public Library

Digital Anaheim

Anaheim (CA) Public Library

Educational Programs

Chicago Public Library

Life on a Tidal River: The Bangor Community Heritage Project

Bangor (ME) Public Library

Marion Butts: Lens on Dallas

Dallas Public Library

Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Heritage Collection

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA)

Progress with Chess Challenge

Cleveland Public Library

Rhodes College––Memphis Public Library Archival Fellowship Program

Memphis (TN) Public Library and Information Center

There Is No Better Place in the Country for a City: The Old Dominion Land Company and the Development of the City of Newport News

Newport News (VA) Public Library System


Chapter 4: Emerging Institutional Models

Austin History Center

Austin (TX) Public Library

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Central Arkansas Library System

Center for Folklife, History, and Cultural Programs

Crandall Public Library (Glens Falls, NY)

Collections of Distinction

Boston Public Library

Free Library of Philadelphia

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Houston (TX) Public Library

Jerome Robbins Dance Division

New York (NY) Public Library for the Performing Arts

NYPL Labs

New York (NY) Public Library

Public Affairs Department and Missouri Valley Special Collections

Kansas City (MO) Public Library

San Francisco History Center and Department of Book Arts and Special Collections

San Francisco (CA) Public Library

Special Collections

Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs, CO)

Special Collections and Neighborhood History

Seattle (WA) Public Library

Special Collections Center

Nashville (TN) Public Library


Chapter 5: Exhibitions and Related Programs

Aerial Portland

Portland (ME) Public Library

Both Sides of the Lens: Photographs by the Shackelford Family, Fayette County, Alabama (1900–1935)

Birmingham (AL) Public Library

Breaking the Barriers: An Exhibition in Courage

Blair-Caldwell Research Library, Denver Public Library

Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards

Kansas City (MO) Public Library

Defining Their Identity––The Changing Role of Women in the Post-War Era as Documented by the Valley Times Newspaper

Los Angeles (CA) Public Library

Exhibitions and Public Programs

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, New York (NY) Public Library

Gridiron's Golden Era: Early Days of High School Football in Grand Rapids and Making a Difference: Outstanding Women in Grand Rapids History

Grand Rapids (MI) Public Library

Hidden from History: Unknown New Orleanians

New Orleans (LA) Public Library

How to Prepare a Possum: 19th Century Cuisine in Austin

Austin History Center, Austin (TX) Public Library

Leaves of Gold: An Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts

San Diego (CA) Public Library

Lunch Hour NYC and Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Exhibition Program, New York (NY) Public Library

The Nature of Nature: Depictions of the Natural World from the John Wilson Special Collections

Multnomah County (OR) Public Library

Paper Stories: Adventures in Kamishibai, Manga, Graphic Novels and Zines

Cleveland Public Library

Street Level: A Stroll through Hartford's Past (1900–1930)

Hartford History Center, Hartford (CT) Public Library

Wit and Humor Collection Exhibitions

San Francisco (CA) Public Library

Wonderful Wizardry of Baum

Buffalo and Erie County (NY) Public Library


Chapter 6: Interactive Archives

Allen County Community Album

Allen County (IN) Public Library

Catablog

MacArthur Library, Biddeford (ME)

Cincinnati Panorama of 1848

Public Library of Cincinnati (OH) and Hamilton County

Columbus Memory

Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library

Creating Your Community: Colorado's Social Archive

Denver Public Library

Crowdsourcing Projects

San Francisco (CA) Public Library

DC by the Book

District of Columbia Public Library

Des Plaines Memory

Des Plaines (IL) Public Library

Experiments in Citizen Cartography

New York (NY) Public Library

The Houston Public Library Exhibit Snapshot

Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston (TX) Public Library

John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive

New York (NY) Public Library for the Performing Arts

Keney Park App

Hartford History Center, Hartford (CT) Public Library

Participatory Exhibitions

Chicago Public Library

Chapter 7: Lectures, Conferences, and Broadcast Programs

Capital Decades

Sacramento (CA) Public Library

Forgotten: The Arkansas Center Korean War Project

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Regional Library System

Hackley After Dark Lecture Series

Detroit Public Library

History Detectives

Grand Rapids (MI) Public Library

Krug Rare Books Room and Educational Series

Milwaukee (WI) Public Library

L.A. in Focus

Los Angeles (CA) Public Library

Local and Family History Lecture Series

Boston Public Library

The Memphis Room

Memphis (TN) Public Library and Information Center

Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium and Broadcast Programs

Pikes Peak (CO) Library District


Chapter 8: National and International Programs


American Archives Month


Austin History Center, Austin (TX) Public Library

Hartford History Center, Hartford (CT) Public Library

Monmouth County Archives, Monmouth County (NJ) Public Library

New York City Archives Week

Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, New York (NY) Public Library

Historypin

Denver Public Library

Hennepin County (MN) Public Library

Kansas City (MO) Public Library

West Hartford (CT) Public Library

Home Movie Day

Madison (WI) Public Library

New Albany-Floyd County (IN) Public Library

Urbana (IL) Free Library

National History Day

Denver Public Library

Hennepin County (MN) Public Library

La Crosse (WI) Public Library

National Poetry Month

Boston Public Library

Newark (NJ) Public Library

Portland (ME) Public Library

StoryCorps

Hillsborough County (FL) Public Library

Nashville (TN) Public Library

Somerville (MA) Public Library

Veterans History Project

Cincinnati and Hamilton County (OH) Public Library

Nashville (TN) Public Library


Chapter 9: Oral History and Community Documentation Projects

Brooklyn Public Library Oral History Projects

Brooklyn (NY) Public Library

Community Documentation Projects

Pikes Peak (CO) Library District

Flood History Project

Nashville (TN) Public Library

Forty Families Project

Palos Verdes (CA) Library District

Houston Oral History Project

Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston (TX) Public Library

Maria Rogers Oral History Program

Boulder (CO) Public Library

North End House History Project

Portsmouth (NH) Public Library

Orlando Memory

Orange County (FL) Library System

Queens Memory Project

Queens (NY) Public Library

Summit Memory

Akron-Summit County (OH) Public Library

Teen Tech Squad, Rhode Island Collection

Providence (RI) Public Library


Chapter 10: Tours, Commemorations, and Special Events

Bloomsday

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Edgar Allan Poe Experiential Tour

Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, MD)

Edible History: How Latin American Food Evolved and Transformed the World

Newark (NJ) Public Library

History Tours

La Crosse (WI) Public Library

History Tours

Sacramento (CA) Public Library

JFK: A Lasting Impression

Fort Worth (TX) Public Library

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.

Birmingham (AL) Public Library

1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In

Alexandria (VA) Public Library

Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Boston Public Library

Year of the Bard

Free Library of Philadelphia

Index

Diantha Dow Schull

Diantha Dow Schull is an advisor to libraries, museums, and foundations on organizational and program development. She was formerly president of Libraries for the Future and the Americans for Libraries Council. Earlier, she was executive director of the French-American Foundation, director of exhibitions and education at the New York Public Library, director of interpretive programs at the Library of Congress, and assistant director of the Museum Aid Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Schull serves on the board of the Connecticut Humanities Council. She is the author of numerous articles on cultural institutions and was coeditor, with Pauline Rothstein, of Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of Libraries.

"The examples throughout can be adapted by other libraries, and they may also inspire librarians to create their own special collections programming … Recommended for special collections librarians, reference librarians, rare book librarians, library administrators, archivists, and library students."
— Library Journal

"This book would be very helpful for any library with a special collections or archives interested in creating new projects and programs."
— Catholic Library World

"These examples show that local libraries are seeking to expand public access to their unique archival and special collections by creative marketing and taking advantage of emerging digital technologies. Recommended for libraries interested in expanding and promoting regional history collections."
— ARBA

"As a sourcebook of inspirational outreach projects, Archives Alive succeeds. As I read it, I found myself considering whether I could adapt aspects of these projects for use in our own outreach activities ... it would be a sound investment for institutions. This is a useful reference guide which can be used time and again for those undertaking both individual activities and continuing events to develop their engagement with the public."
— Journal of the Archives and Records Association