Past Event

Community Scholar Event: Documenting History In Your Own Backyard II: Archiving & Preserving Hip-Hop

February 28, 2020 - February 29, 2020
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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DOCUMENTING HISTORY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD II: A SYMPOSIUM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARCHIVING & PRESERVING HIP-HOP CULTURE is 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
  • Archival Arts and Education Projects

Symposium program and registration.

Contact Information

Martha Diaz