Resources for Archiving the Aftermath
In recent years, we've seen an increase in large, public memorials following highly publicized tragedies, such as mass shootings and terrorist attacks. Alongside the growth of these shrines is a pattern of libraries and archives choosing to collect and curate collections of some of these objects to be housed in grief or trauma archives.
Below are some resources for those contemplating such a project, including quick-read handouts, video from two related panels at the National Council on Public History in 2018, and materials for further study, including a book chapter and educational module for LIS students.
Documenting Resilience: A panel of archivists and librarians at the National Council on Public History conference 2018.
This session aims to provide insight and guidance to historians, archivists and librarians who must develop responses to unanticipated and unthinkable tragedies.
Presenters discuss research and experiences with the condolence archives created in the wake of violence at Virginia Tech, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in Las Vegas, followed by a discussion around essential questions and best practices for those working with condolence artifacts and collections.
Facilitator: Melissa Barthelemy, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Roger Christman, Library of Virginia
- Anne Platoff, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Tammi Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Special Collections and Archives
Commentator: Ashley Maynor, New York University Libraries
Exhibiting Sorrow: A panel of archivists and librarians at the National Council on Public History conference 2018.
This session aims to provide insight and guidance to historians, archivists, and curators who are developing memorial exhibitions paying tribute to lives lost in massacres and terrorist attacks.
Presenters discuss research and experiences with curating exhibitions related to the 9/11 terrorist attack; the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida; the rampage in Isla Vista, California; the AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Facilitator: Celeste Wiley, The South Carolina Historical Society
- Ashley Maynor, New York University Libraries
- Julia Diane Larson, University of California Santa Barbara
- Kirsten Madsen, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
- Pam Schwartz, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando