This presentation will narrate the origins of A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland (http://archivingpoliceviolence.org/) and situate the archive within the context of contemporary U.S. freedom movements opposing state violence. The archive, which is freely accessible on the Web, employs traditional archival methods but also draws influence from human rights and social justice approaches to documentation and evidence. The establishment of this archive serves as a potential path for the continued growth of post-institutional, community-based archives in the United States, an effort that will require collaboration among the general public, activists, scholars, librarians, and archivists.

Jarrett M. Drake is a Digital Archivist at the Princeton University Archives, where his current responsibilities include, among other things, leading the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative. He is also one of the organizers and an advisory archivist of A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, an independent community-based archive in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, that collects, preserves, and provide access to the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. Outside of archives, Jarrett is a humanities instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, teaching preparatory and introductory college composition. Jarrett earned a B.A. in history from Yale College and an M.S.I. from the University of Michigan School of Information. His prior work experience includes the University of Michigan Special Collections Library, the Bentley Historical Library, and the Maryland State Archives.

March 28, 2016 4:30 PM
Barfield-Johnson Seminar Room