Archive for July, 2015

Principles of ‘Radical Archiving’

I have been recently re-reading the South African book Refiguring the Archive edited by Carolyn Hamilton et albook (New Africa Book, 2002) and I came across a reference that I must have missed before. In Graham Reid’s chapter on the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa is an account of New York’s Lesbian Herstory Archives (pp201-3), including a reference in a note to the Archives’ commitment to principles of ‘radical archiving’ that they had themselves devised. Although differing slightly from the principles as printed in Reid’s account, these radical principles based on a commitment to independence and autonomy appear on the LHA website http://www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org/history.html thus:

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