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#PreserveYourLegacy – Personal Archiving BY DBPSite
Baloo Cartoon, 2009

Baloo Cartoon, 2009

What’s your story?  Take a moment to think about all the great and amazing things you have done in the last 5 years.  Now, in 20 years, will you remember what was the most significant event or achievement of 2015?  Where was it? When did it happen?  What was it? Why was it significant? How did you feel?

Well, here is a tip to preserve your legacy – Use archival safe, acid free products to collect those mementos in one place and make sure to make a digital copy for sake keeping.


Preservation Happens Every Day BY DBPSite

When I think of #Preservation – I take an unconventional approach.  Did James Baldwin or Bessie Smith know they were making history when they got up every morning?  I doubt it, but what I do suspect is that they each had a healthy appreciation for recoding and preserving their observations.

One of my favorite authors – Chimamanda Adichie – talks about the “danger of a single story.”  The role that preservation plays gives flight to a multidimensional story – oral histories, personal scrapbooks, archival collections and commentaries via social media are some of the most illustrative versions.


Source: NPR

Source: NPR


Check out how she approached curating the recent PEN World Voices Festival

“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling Nigerian author, wants American readers to know that African writers don’t just write about Africa’s problems. “When we talk about the developing world, there’s this idea that everybody should be fighting for the poor,” she says. Though it might seem obvious to point out, she adds, “people are diverse, and there are different things that are going on with them.”

She calls it the “danger of a single story”—the idea that people living in certain areas of the world all have one kind of experience. Ms. Adichie hopes to show audiences Africa’s range of stories as the co-curator of this year’s PEN World Voices Festival. For the first time, the weeklong literature event, which starts Monday in New York, will have a regional focus. Along with other book-related programs, authors from Africa and its diaspora will speak about topics like how the West misunderstands African culture and the state of Africa’s poetry scene.”


Scrapbooks are History books BY DBPSite



In 1854 Frederick Douglass urged the readers of his newspaper to clip out an article called “Black Heroes”: “Colored men! Save this extract. Cut it out and put it in your Scrap-book.” The item told of armed African American soldiers in the Revolutionary War and listed the names of eighteenth-century “black men who had fought and bled for their country” as proof of black people’s stake in the nation. In exhorting “colored men!” to cut out the extract, put it in their scrapbooks, “and use it at the proper time,” Douglass suggested that the clipping itself could be ammunition for a cause…He thus identified a crucial potential in nineteenth-century scrapbooks made of newspaper clippings: scrapbooks could be a weapon.


Excerpt from Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Resources BY DBPSite

Gumby scrapbook 1938 prize fightHere are some resource as you build your personal or family archive

Taking Care of your Personal Archive – The Atlantic Monthly

Advice on Storing Digital Files  – American Library Association

El Rescate de Colecciones Fotograficas / Spanish version of Salvaging Photographs

Conservation Préventive du Patrimoine Documentaire / French version of Safeguarding our Documentary Heritage

Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial: Iraq and the Middle East  in Arabic

Family Papers: Preservation and Organization in Chinese

Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures – Library of Congress


Image: from the scrapbook of L. S. Alexander Gumby (1885-1961)

100 Years and Counting! BY DBPSite

Carter G Woodson stampThis year is a milestone year for the US and the study of Black History – ASALH turns 100 and Dr. John Hope Franklin would have been 100 years old. When Carter G. Woodson and others set out to form an organization that would educate and inform the world about the achievements and impact of Blacks, he did so with an immediate view and a hope it would flourish.

Dr. John Hope Franklin was living history to those of us who met him. He stressed the importance of being able to look back on the past and learn from it from those who lived it.

How can you preserve your story for generations to come? #PreserveYourLegacy

#NationalPreservationWeek #PreserveYourLegacy #preswk #historymatters

Preserving #BlackLivesMatter BY DBPSite
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#BlackLivesMatter I have been following the outrage on social media, the mass media accounts and the artful inspirations that have come forth from the tragedies of the loss of Black Americans during police interactions. As a preservationist, I wonder how will we or our children be able to access this history. Most of it is born digital, originating online, and thus how can it be preserved in its original state and the versions of interpretations that will spawn.

Take a moment to consider – you are a witness to history. Where would we be without the personal recollections and the shoebox of memories from the March on Washington, the presidential inaugurations and the devastating morning of 9/11. #Historymatters

Your personal archives are essential to the movement. Save your musings in hard copy and digitally. Print out articles that you like or those you take issue with and put them in a folder along side your account of what #BlackLivesMatter means to you.

#Historymatters Your witness is part of the movement to make sure their lives, the response and the change is recorded. #PreserveYourLegacy #presweek

Access Art BY DBPSite

Happy New Year!

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art

Read more here

How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh BY DBPSite

I was re-reading this article today and it struck in my way it did not last month – I wonder what is an appropriate response to the effect of personal history on business decisions.  Hmmmm…


How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh

On the next block, the Weeksville Center itself is diminutive in comparison, a low and long building, modern, beautiful, all glass and wood and stone. Weeksville is the site of a nineteenth-century community of free black people who built homes, churches, and schools. Four of the original houses remain, facing the new building across a wide garden planted with wildflowers. The Weeksville Heritage Center, along with the arts organization Creative Time, and curated with Rashida Bumbray, invited four artists to engage with the communities in and around the center to create installations.

Read more here



Creative and Cultural Industries, a Caribbean economic lifeline in troubled time BY DBPSite

As CPJ-PATTERSONarib News reported on Nov 23rd –   “P.J. Patterson, the quintessential Caribbean regionalist who led Jamaica longer than anyone else, wants his birthplace, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, the Bahamas and their neighbors to move aggressively to put their cultural and creative assets to much greater economic use.”  Read more here

and more coverage from the Jamaica Observer