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Community Driven Archives Initiative Fund

Community Driven Archives Initiative Fund

Community Driven Archives Initiative Fund

University Libraries (Tempe)

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Your generosity strengthens Arizona's historical archives, helping to ensure they are accurate and inclusive.
In 2012, the Arizona Archives Matrix Project, a statewide initiative to gather data about local archives, identified several historically marginalized communities in Arizona, including LGBT, Asian-American, African-American and the Latinx community, which makes up 30 percent of Arizona's population but is represented in less than 2 percent of known archival collections. Five years later, the ASU Library's Community Driven Archives initiative was born. This initiative is focused on developing and executing a series of strategies to make Arizona's historical records more accurate and inclusive. With your support, we can better address historical inequities and underrepresentation through a variety of empowering public engagement events that focus on archival preservation. Your gift also supports the facilitation of educational events and digital projects that benefit the ASU community and greater public.
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“Arizona’s archives are dominated by white narratives that romanticize a ‘Wild West’ history. One of my favorite things about this work is that community members are learning how to create a story that speaks to their reality. They are redefining what an archive is, what should be included, and who should have access to community archives and history.”

— Nancy Godoy, Director of CDA Initiative

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