Tracing the History of Southern Archives and Social Justice

The Archival History Roundtable, an affinity group of the Society of American Archivists, will meet in Atlanta for the first time since 1988. This pre-conference event is open to non-members and non-registrants, and will be held in Room 303 of the Atlanta Hilton (255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA) on Wednesday August 3 at 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Recognizing the importance of Atlanta in regional and national history, the steering committee of the Archival History Roundtable has invited three panelists to discuss the social impact of archives and special collections within the South. 

Ashley Stevens, an Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives, plans to investigate the personal identities and professional relationships of Alexander Salley, Jr., Thomas Owen, and Dunbar Rowland. The second speaker — an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics, Dr. Alexander Poole — will assess the contributions of Harold T. Pinkett, who grew up in the segregated South and worked for the National Archives and Records Administration. Dr. Vicki Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, will speak about two large and historically important civil rights collections, the Morehouse College MLK, Jr. Collection and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Collection at Emory University, and their continuing role in social justice work. The discussion will be moderated by a practitioner in the field of archival history.   
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Eric Stoykovich
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Archival History Roundtable, SAA