- ItemElaine J. Coates & Wikipedia: Defining Subjectivity(MARAC, 2021-04-12) Stranieri, Marcella; Caringola, ElizabethIn May 2020, The University of Maryland, College Park’s Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) launched a project to create Wikipedia pages for archival collections that meet the website’s notability requirements. In order to do this, four female student workers created profiles and became Wikipedia editors, soon learning that 90% of Wikipedians are male. The male-female editor imbalance likely contributes to a site-wide underrepresented coverage of women-as-Wikipedia-subjects, particularly for women of color. This poster illustrates a case study of a notable woman of color, Elaine J Coates, getting removed from Wikipedia, likely due to her gender and race.
- ItemSession 4. Archives and FOIA in the Post-Unite the Right Rally Era(2021-04-12) Ravanbakhsh, Arian; Baker, Timothy D.; Gernhardt, Alan; Rhyne, MeganIn the years since the Unite the Right white supremacy rally in Charlottesville and the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the country, supporters and opponents have utilized archives and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in response to these issues and events. This panel discussion will open dialogue on how archives can help inform the process of political decision-making, the issues FOIA requestors and responders face, and how FOIA application is uniquely both bi-partisan and non-partisan. Questions from attendees are welcomed, as well as shared experiences related to these topics.
- ItemPLENARY: Making Invisible Women Visible: Women’s History and Women in the Archives, 1970 – 2020(2021-04-13) Treadway, Sandra GioiaThe development of women’s history as a vibrant field of study had a profound effect on the archival profession across the United States. Drawing on her experience as a historian of Virginia women and her work during the past 40 years in the archival collections of the Library of Virginia, Sandra Gioia Treadway will describe the transformations in both fields that she has witnessed during her career. She will reflect on the great strides that archival repositories in Virginia have made in preserving the record of women’s lives and activism while looking ahead to the challenges that remain. Treadway has served as Librarian of Virginia since July 2007, overseeing the Library’s comprehensive collection of print and manuscript materials documenting the history, culture, and government of Virginia. She holds a doctoral degree in American History from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee. The author of Women of Mark: A History of the Woman's Club of Richmond, Virginia, 1894-1994, Treadway is also co-editor of The Common Wealth: Treasures From the Collections of the Library of Virginia and several women’s history anthologies. She has served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the Southern Association of Women Historians, and on the board of the Council of State Archivists.
- ItemSession 22. Restoring the Harmony: (Re)Establishing Order in Archives(2021-04-16) Ameduri, Christine; LoSardo, Brianna; Perez, Heather; Sussmeier, StephanieManaging an archival repository can be a daunting task for any professional archivist, but even more so when those collections have been “meddled” with by well-intentioned, but untrained personnel. Where do you begin to (re)establish archival standards? How do you process these records and manuscripts that have lost some–or most–of their original order, provenance, or were adulterated with ancillary materials? What is the best approach to organizing and describing these collections without further disturbing their current organization? Panelists will discuss problems they have encountered processing their institution’s collections, presenting inventive solutions and workarounds that still meet archival standards. They will also discuss when and where they found it important to compromise and move on.
- ItemSession 16. Challenging Women’s Suffrage Narratives(2021-04-15) Coren, Ashleigh D.; Burdan, Amanda; Guberman, Rachel; Perrone, FernandaExhibitions provide archives, libraries, and museums the opportunity to consider new historical narratives, showcase collection materials, collaborate across the profession, and commemorate important historical events, including the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Panelists in this session will address how and why their institution decided to observe the women’s suffrage centennial with a major exhibition. From “restoring” women’s right to vote in New Jersey, to the usage of visual culture and representations as media tactics, each institution decided to focus on different elements of the suffrage narrative and the political strategies suffragists used in their fight for the vote. Inequities in the suffrage movement and the challenges of incorporating contributions of women from all walks-of-life into a more inclusive narrative will be an important focus of the discussion.