2
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
1 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: found
      Is Open Access

      Out of the Shadows: Bringing African American Digital Collections Together in Umbra Search African American History

      , 1 , 2

      Open Library of Humanities

      Open Library of Humanities

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPublisher
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          This article explores in four sections the logic and impact of the ways in which all archival collections, but African American collections most poignantly, are incomplete; and how a national search engine for African American history confronts and attempts to address the absence of African American stories, voices, documents, and histories. Following the work of scholars such as Verne Harris, Michelle Caswell, and others, the first section analyzes how and why archives are always necessarily incomplete, as well as the particular reasons behind the bias and erasure of and within African American history and the archives that have come to collect and represent it. The second section discusses how Umbra Search African American History ( umbrasearch.org) was conceived as a response to the need for a more complete archival record of African American history and culture. Section three presents Umbra Search as a case study—what it is, how it has grown, the role of partners, and the challenges it faces. The final section considers the roles of academic and community collections, technology, and collaboration in creating access to a deeper and more fulsome representation of American history and culture.

          Related collections

          Most cited references 17

          • Record: found
          • Abstract: not found
          • Article: not found

          Of things said and unsaid: power, archival silences, and power in silence

           R. Carter,  R. CARTER (2006)
            Bookmark
            • Record: found
            • Abstract: not found
            • Article: not found

            Confronting Our Failure of Care Around the Legacies of Marginalized People in Archives

             B Jules (2016)
              Bookmark
              • Record: found
              • Abstract: not found
              • Article: not found

              The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American South

               Alex Poole (2014)
                Bookmark

                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                27 September 2018
                2018
                : 4
                : 2
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Minnesota, US
                [2 ]University of Texas at Austin, US
                Article
                10.16995/olh.279
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

                Product
                Self URI (journal-page): https://olh.openlibhums.org/
                Categories
                Remaking collection

                Comments

                Comment on this article