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Archives have long ostracized marginalized communities, owing to their lack of representation in mainstream archiving. In turn, communities have opted to create their own archives that become the catalyst for more dialogue surrounding their histories, called community archives. This study looks at how other universities have partnered with their local communities to document richer local histories that help maintain partnerships between the two. Conversing with other community archivists helps to realize the process of making a community archive in their respective institutions, which furthers the relationships between the university and local communities and institutions. By generating important dialogues that concern their history, underrepresented communities now create their narrative through their own archives. The study also proposes a list of local organizations and communities central to the fuller understanding of the region's local history that may be useful for any institution looking to create their own community archives.



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Diversifying the Archival Record Through Community Archiving