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In celebration of National Archives Month and North Carolina’s Archives Week (October 22-28), ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives is reaching out to invite departments and student groups across campus to deposit their paper and electronic documents in the University Archives. We particularly encourage submissions from groups underrepresented in the Archives, such as WFU’s ethnic minority, LGBTQ, and international communities. We want to identify, locate, secure, and make accessible these important and at-risk historical records.
The Documenting Diversity initiative seeks to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the historical records, especially of under-represented groups. We will provide consultations and guidelines for the transfer of non-current records to the Archives.
Documenting Diversity kicks off with an Archives open house event in the Special Collections Reading Room from 4-5 pm on October 25th. Members of the WFU community will have the opportunity to see the University Archives, drop off materials, view some collections already housed in the archives, and discuss the future of a more inclusive and well-rounded University record. Light refreshments will be served. Participating departments and organizations include
- The Office of Multicultural Affairs
- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- The LGBTQ Center
- The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
- Student Government
We encourage all interested individuals and groups to attend the Archives open house and to contribute appropriate materials to the University Archives. If you plan to attend, please register for the event. For more information, contact Rebecca Petersen.