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Living the history:Archivist makes NAACP papers accessible

Aaisha Haykal sorted through boxes of decades-old historical NAACP papers dealing with the Confederate flag, education and police brutality.

Haykal, 24, an archivist and scholar working at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is organizing the papers of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and those of several other donated collections. The work she completes in a year-long fellowship will make it easier for people to search online and use the material.

Haykal is one of seven archival fellows selected by the Chicago-based The HistoryMakers to work on collections that preserve the history of blacks in America and to increase the number of black archivists.

Organization leaders estimate that less than 3 percent of the nation’s archivists are black, and they call that “a critical shortage.”

(Reblogged from awesomearchives)


Together We Can Do It!

We just launched the Citizen Archivist Dashboard (  We encourage you to get involved in elevating the visibility of the records of the United States. Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive?  Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents.  I have transcribed one myself!

Read more on the AOTUS blog…

No?  Of course some people’s cursive writing can’t be read by anyone at all, but still, I didn’t know it wasn’t even being taught anymore in some cases. I wonder who is taught and who is not? Anyway, interesting and worthy project.

(Reblogged from aotus)