By Antje Dun
Welcome to the archiving related resources in the Commons Social Change Library. We have gathered a wide range of materials to inform the public about archiving and social change moments and movements.
To get started the Commons Librarians recommend the following resources.
Why archive? Here are 5 reasons…
- Accountability: Archives collect evidence that can hold those in power accountable.
- Accessibility: Archives make the rich record of our movements accessible. We can use them to ensure transparency, generate discussion, and enable direct action.
- Self-determination: We define our own movements. We need to create and maintain our own historical record.
- Education: Today’s videos, flyers, webpages, and signs are material for tomorrow’s skill-shares, classes and mobilizations.
- Continuity: Just as past movements inspire us, new activists will learn from the experiences we document.
Source: Activist-Archivists, 2012 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)
Ever heard the phrase ‘history is written by the victors’? People who own knowledge or information have power over the way in which future generations remember certain events, or even, certain groups within society. Therefore archives can empower or disempower. – Annelie De Villers
How to archive? 4 articles to give you ideas
Archiving can take different forms depending on the needs of your group and your ideas about what will be useful. There is no set archiving path – see what ideas and archives are out there.
- Crowdsource your archives: Community-based approaches to archiving
- Documenting social change in Australia: A list of archives at your fingertips
- Get archiving! Archivist Activist backpacks, hackathons and other ideas
- Tips and tools for archiving video and social media
Want to learn more about Australian social movement history?
The archiving efforts of those who came before help us learn from social movement history. Here’s some links to get you started.
Timelines of Australian social change
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Timeline of Resistance
- Events that changed Australia
- Franklin River Blockade Timeline
- Friends of the Earth (Australia) Timeline
- School Strikes
- Social security payments
- 40 years of Australian blockading songs
Case studies of movements and moments in history
- Aboriginal Tent Embassy
- The AIDEX ’91 Story
- Green Bans
- Victoria Red Gum Forests – Barmah-Millewa Campaign
- Vietnam War
How does your organisation or campaign undertake archiving? Contact the Librarians if you have tips and tricks to share. We’re also looking for groups who would like to embark on a new approach and trial some different tools.