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Cultural Heritage Archives:
Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

Symposium: September 26-27, 2013
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress [map]
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC

About the Symposium

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will hold a symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration on September 26-27, 2013. Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives as well as case studies focused on several key topics for a public audience. The symposium will combine longer presentations by invited speakers with short, focused papers on a range of topics.


Online registration is now closed. However, there may be seats available due to cancellations at the symposium.  After registered attendees are seated, vacant seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the registration table outside the Montpelier Room in the Madison Building on Thursday morning for more information.


The American Folklife Center would like to acknowledge the helpful assistance of Library staff members Roberta Shaffer (Library Services), Beth Davis-Brown (Cooperative & Instructional Programs ), Eugene DeAnna (Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound), Maggie Kruesi (American Folklife Center), and Helena Zinkham (Prints & Photographs Division). The Center also appreciates the very generous support of several organizations, which made the Cultural Heritage Archives Symposium possible. Among those we would like to thank most warmly are:

American Folklore Society: Archives and Libraries Section external link
American Folklore Society Consultancy and Professional Development Program external link
U. S. Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic external link
Hollinger, Metal Edge, Inc. external link


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