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2018 DC Archives Fair: Crossing Generations, Bridging Communities

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Thursday October 4, 2018

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives

1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

In celebration of American Archives Month, join us at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives for the 2018 Archives Fair. This year's theme – Crossing Generations, Bridging Communities – focuses on the ways diverse communities interact with archival collections, their creation, function and use. Archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will share their collections, answer questions, and highlight their holdings.

Through archival research, everyone has the power to promote a cross-cultural understanding of the past. The 2018 Archives Fair encourages the utilization of archival institutions - large and small - around the world to foster a better appreciation of local, national, and global history. Whether you are an active community member protecting regional history and memory, a dedicated individual preserving family stories, a student seeking an internship or volunteer opportunity in archives, a rising professional in the archival field, or a practicing professional archivist, we invite you to celebrate the impact of archives.

The 2018 Archives Fair is sponsored by:  National Archives Assembly, Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference DC and Maryland Caucuses

About the host site: Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is the official museum and repository of documents and artifacts related to the District of Columbia Public School System.  The Sumner Museum, documenting the history of public education in our Nation’s Capital, is the only Museum of its kind in the United States. The Museum and Archives is housed in the historic Charles Sumner School, a beautifully renovated 1872 building which served as one of the first public African American schools in Washington DC.

What You Should Know

Sumner School Guide

Schedule of Presentations

11:00 - 11:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks in the Exhibit Hall

John Legloahec

11:15 - 12:30

Session I: Activist Legacies


Dr. Eric C. Stoykovich

Student Activism and Youth Communities in the Papers of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew: Examining the Voices and Views of Students Fifty Years Ago


Gregory I. Foster

Tears of America: The Riots of 1968

12:30 - 2:00 

Lunch, Exhibit Hall open 

2:00 - 2:45

Session II: Bridging Communities


Rita M. Cacas, Elizabeth Novara, Dr. Erwin Tiongson, Titchie Carandang-Tiongson
Documenting, preserving, and sharing the history of Washington DC area Filipinos through the Filipino American Community Archives collection


Susan Berning, Asantewa Boakyewa

The 15th Point: African American Messages in Music in Response to Wilson’s Racial Policies 

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 3:45  Session III:  Empowerment through Access

Kamilah Stinnett, Lisa Crawley, Anjali Lalani, Blake McDowell , Hannah Scruggs

Community Connectedness and Accessible Histories: The Robert F. Smith Fund

Fair Participants

Archives and Repositories

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Columbia Archives, Columbia Maryland

Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, University of DC

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Moorland Spingarn Research Center

National Archives and Records Administration, Special Media Division

National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology Archives

National Portrait Gallery, Catalog of American Portraits

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of Public Records, DC

The Rita M. Cacas Foundation, Inc. for The Filipino American Archives (FACA), University of MD Libraries

Smithsonian AVAIL (Audiovisual Archives Interest Group)

Smithsonian Libraries

Smithsonian Transcription Center

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum