The University Archive is launching a program called Archiving Student Activism at Princeton, University Archivist and Curator of Public Policy Papers Dan Linke said.
According to the Mudd Manuscript Library’s Digital Archivist Jarrett Drake, ASAP is meant to collect and preserve individual and organizational records created by the University students who engage in activism both on and off-campus on a broad range of issues and perspectives.
According to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections website, archivists will be on site to acquire students’ records directly from any digital devices or paper records.
The University Archives assures the confidentiality of records for up to 20 years.
Drake explained that the idea for the initiative largely came from expressed student interest in 2014. A student had inquired in Dec. 2014 as to whether or not the Archives were documenting the student protests that had been occurring, such as the die-in. Drake said that this inquiry struck a chord with him and that he had then thought about what the Archive could and should do to ensure it captures contemporary student experiences at the University.
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