DOCUMENTING HISTORY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD II: A SYMPOSIUM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARCHIVING & PRESERVING HIP-HOP CULTUREis a two-day interdisciplinary forum that seeks to explore the process of documenting and preserving Hip-Hop’s history. The program will include presentations from archivists, curators, collectors, educators, and scholars representing educational, cultural, and preservation institutions, for-profit and non-profit community organizations/enterprises, and government agencies. The presenters and moderators are leaders who are shaping the field and developing innovative preservation, documentation, education and community outreach projects with the goal of ensuring the survival of Hip-Hop’s collections and archives.
The first iteration of Documenting History in Your Own Backyard took place on October 19, 2012, at The Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY, presented collaboratively by the Hip-Hop Education Center, The Schomburg Center, Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection, and The Smithsonian Archives Center in the National Museum of American History. It was the first symposium dedicated to advancing organizational and outreach strategies around hip-hop’s preservation and informing the community about hip-hop archives and their critical importance.
The expected outcomes for this Symposium include:
Learning - we will create a safe space for dialogue, sharing ideas, asking questions, exploring best practices and learning from each other
Survey - we will conduct a research scan and assessment of current collecting initiatives and activities in the field
Document - we will document the content of the Symposium
Distribute – we will share this information with Symposium participants, with the eventual goal of creating an open public web resource and/or print publication that will offer tools and best practices
Discussion prompts and presentations will include:
Preserving Hip-Hop’s History in Libraries, Museums and Archives: What Collectors & Creators need to know
Memories At-Risk: Breaking Down The Archiving Process
Curating the Elements: Independent Collectors, Scholars, and Artists
Regional Hip-Hop Collecting Initiatives: Achievements and Challenges
Documenting Hip-Hop Through Photography
Connecting the Community to Archives, Taking Archives to the Community