The Community Archiving Program at UC Santa Cruz works in partnership with community stakeholders to preserve and promote local history for present and future generations. We take a holistic approach that supports active research, inclusive teaching, regenerative remembering, and experiential learning. The Community Archiving Program is committed to engaging students in the work we do and supporting their growth as scholars.
Community Archives are a new and notable approach to archival practices. There are many scholars and practitioners doing this important work now—rethinking and reconsidering what archives can be in the future. Ideally, community archives provide a space where the hidden histories of our past are shared and celebrated. Some of the best community archiving work in universities and colleges is rooted in efforts to preserve local histories so that students, faculty members and community scholars find themselves in collections and are inspired to create new pathways to history. This allows for meaningful connections with materials, encourages engagement, inspires creative collaborations and produces diverse scholarly perspectives. Archives can and should be spaces that bridge memory and social justice, community archives help make that possible.
The 2022 Listening Tour Report summarizes the results of a listening tour conducted in Spring 2022 as the first step in planning for the new Community Archiving Program. The responses we heard as part of the listening tour will be used in developing and scoping a forthcoming 1-3 year plan for the program.
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The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.
The land acknowledgement used at UC Santa Cruz was developed in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman and the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UCSC Arboretum.