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UNC’s Southern Historical Collection Developed Archivist in a Backpack Program ​

Monday, October 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

UNC’s Southern Historical Collection wanted to find a way to empower communities across the South to record their own histories. The library developed the Archivist in a Backpack program, which created a portable kit that allows community members to record oral history interviews and preserve documents. The project has already distributed 12 backpacks, each kit costs about $175. By teaching communities to record their own stories, the archive is empowering them to recognize the importance and value of their own histories. UNC plans to distribute more backpacks and is working with its existing partners to help them sustain their work for the longterm.

For more information on this program, visit the the Lenfest Institute’s webpage.  



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