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CH-233629-16
The Southern Historical Collection's African American Collections and Outreach Archivist and Outreach Programming for African
Nicholas Graham, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=CH-233629-16

Tiny Paintings: Handmade Artist Cards from the Charles Alston Collection (Exhibition)
Title: Tiny Paintings: Handmade Artist Cards from the Charles Alston Collection
Curator: Powell, Chaitra
Abstract: Announcement for an exhibit of art by Charles Alston.
Year: 2016
Primary URL: https://library.unc.edu/past-exhibits/tiny-paintings-handmade-artist-cards-from-the-charles-alston-collection/

On the Move: Stories of African American Migration and Mobility (Exhibition)
Title: On the Move: Stories of African American Migration and Mobility
Curator: Powell, Chaitra
Abstract: The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought by force to North America in 1619. It’s an anniversary that caused Chaitra Powell, African American collections and outreach archivist at Carolina’s University Libraries, to reflect on other examples of physical and social movement in African American communities over time.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://library.unc.edu/2019/09/on-the-move/

This [Black] Woman’s Work: Exploring Archival Projects that Embrace the Identity of the Memory Worker (Article)
Title: This [Black] Woman’s Work: Exploring Archival Projects that Embrace the Identity of the Memory Worker
Author: Powell, Chaitra
Abstract: Archivists who work on African American collections are increasingly more aware that traditional sites of African American agency and autonomy are becoming more unstable. The need to capture the perspectives and histories of these institutions is urgent. The challenges become more acute when communities recognize the need to preserve their legacies but do not have the resources or support to make it happen. African American material culture and history remains at risk of co-optation from large institutions and individuals seeking to monetize and profit from collecting Black collections. Endemic in that process is the risk of these institutions controlling the narrative and inadvertently or deliberately erasing the narratives of these diverse communities from that community’s perspective. Cultural memory workers focused on African American collections face numerous challenges: the risk of losing the materials or communities themselves; partnering with organizations and administrations with differing, and perhaps conflicting agendas; working on projects with limited or term funding; and the emotional labor of being a person of color in a predominantly white field trying to support communities that can often reflect their own experiences. How can libraries, museums, and archives bring these communities into the world of archives and empower them to protect and share their stories? How can archivists, particularly those of color, find support within their institutions and the archival profession, to accomplish this work of preserving African American cultural heritage? How can archives support genuinely collaborative projects with diverse Black communities without co-opting their stories and collections?
Year: 2018
Primary URL: https://kula.uvic.ca/articles/10.5334/kula.25/
Access Model: Open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies
Publisher: KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies

I was here. Don't forget me. A preeminent Southern historical archive at Carolina. (Article)
Title: I was here. Don't forget me. A preeminent Southern historical archive at Carolina.
Author: Ellis, Morgan
Abstract: Profile of Chaitra Powell and the Southern Historical Collection.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: https://stories.unc.edu/magazine/shc/
Access Model: Open
Format: Other
Publisher: UNC-Chapel Hill


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