National Day of Racial Healing: SAA Resources

SAA offers a host of resources related to racial healing in archives for the National Day of Racial Healing in January. Find practical examples and recommendations in podcast interviews, magazine and journal articles, leadership reports, and continuing education opportunities. If relevant, share these resources with your colleagues, on your websites, and in your email newsletters. We hope this list, in addition to resources for a Healing Hour, sparks your thinking and community discussion and we encourage you to expand upon it. Be sure to promote your efforts on social media, using the hashtags #LibrariesAndArchivesForRacialHealing and #HowWeHeal

Continuing Education

Leadership Resources

Archives in Context Podcast

(also available on Spotify and Apple podcasts)

  • Dr. Jesse R. Erickson, author of “The Gentleman’s Ghost: Patriarchal Eurocentric Legacies in Special Collections,” published in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation (2020) on thinking critically and imaginatively about inclusive reading rooms.
  • Petrina Jackson, director of the Special Collections Research Center, Bird Library, Syracuse University; and Verónica Reyes-Escudero, Katheryne B. Willock head of special collections, University of Arizona Libraries, on their open letter to ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscript Section on taking action toward racial justice.            
  • Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia’s Anti-Racist Description Working Group.        
  • Dorothy Berry, digital collections program manager at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, on self-care for archivists.      
  • Dr. Ashley Farmer, author of “Archiving While Black” on the role of scholars of color in stewarding historical resources.        
  • Danna Bell, educational resource specialist, and Guha Shankar, folklife specialist, on archives, community, education, and a renewed focus on social justice at the Library of Congress.    

Archival Outlook

American Archivist

Component Group Resources

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