For Taylor Notah, a trip to the Arizona State University archives brought the past immediately into the present.
Notah, who was searching the archives for material to use in the latest issue of Turning Points magazine, found a photograph of several students, including her father, protesting on campus more than 40 years ago.
Notah, who is Navajo, will talk about the importance of preserving the history of student activism at a national symposium called Project STAND @ ASU, held at ASU’s Hayden Library on Feb. 27 and 28. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will feature students, alumni, staff and faculty.
The ASU event will be the last in a series of four symposiums sponsored by Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented), a four-year-old initiative to help universities better record social justice on their campuses. The Institute of Museum and Library Services provided the grant for the project.
The conference also will include presentations on best practices from other institutions, including the University of North Texas, which developed an app that allows student groups to upload materials to be archived.
Conferences like the Project STAND event are one important way for university archivists to make progress in expanding access.
Direct to Project Stand Toolkit