The Profundity of Your Archive Doesn’t Want to Live in Boxes Anymore: An Introduction to Monroe Work Today

  • 1 Auut Studio, San Francisco, CA, USA
R.J. Ramey

Abstract

The author goes behind the scenes of the digital exhibit MonroeWorkToday.org, a citizen’s project that was researched and produced outside of academia or formal funding. What began with an amateur’s visit to Tuskegee University Archives in 2010 led, 6 years later, to the first ever map of the true entirety of US lynching violence against all groups of people of color. The creation process collided with common issues: positionality, appropriation, interpretive body language, the ethical visualization of historical trauma, the erasure of women, and the power of digital archives.

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Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDT&C) is an international journal which focuses on preserving digital content from a wide variety of perspectives, including technological, social, economic, political, and user. Its scope is global, covering projects and practices from key international players in the field. The goal of the journal is to provide a timely forum for refereed articles, news, and field notes from around the world.

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