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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Thursday, April 20 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Partners in History: Chicago State University Archive and International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry Digital Collaboration

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Partners in History will focus on the collaboration between Chicago State University Archives & Special Collections and the International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry (ISDSA) to digitize ISDSA’s photograph collection of approximately 400 images of formerly enslaved African-Americans. Compelling, uplifting, and diverse stories of life in freedom, told from former slaves' point of view, are also featured. The collection preserves slave genealogy and African-American family history as passed on by survivors, serving as a permanent record to inform scholars and family historians in their quest to interpret the slave experience and understand the effects of its aftermath.

Speaking to partnerships between larger institutions and smaller community organizations to better highlight unknown histories, this session will discuss how these digital collaborations can help fill in gaps in historical narratives of underrepresented populations. Additionally, it will address how metadata elements were used to include and highlight data that does not always fit into metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, and facilitate discovery, accessibility, and participation.

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Patricia Bearden

President, American Family History Institute & International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry
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Raquel A. Flores-Clemons

University Archivist | Director of Archives, Records Mgmt., & Special Collection, Chicago State University
Raquel Flores-Clemons received her MSLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An advocate for equity and access, she maintains a deep commitment to capturing historical narratives of communities of color and engages Hip Hop as a method of archival praxis + information... Read More →

Gayle Porter

Special Formats Catalog Librarian, Chicago State University

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
Video Theater Lower Level