Radical Reference

Monday April 26th, 2010 7:30 PM
451 West Street (that’s the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets

Radical Reference Public Series
Radical Reference
Documenting Struggle Redux: Radical New York City Archives
Deborah Edel, Alan Ginsberg, Matt Metzgar

Radical Reference presents a second evening about how community
history is documented and celebrated. Archivists and activists will
present parts of their collections and discuss how their work keeps
the struggle alive. (Details about our first “Documenting Struggle”
can be found at http://radicalreference.info/radicalarchivesevent.)

The Lesbian Herstory Archives (http://www.lhef.org/) houses the world’s largest and longest-lived — 35 years old this year! –collection of materials by and about lesbians and their commmunities. Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Archives has both print and non-print materials, including books, special collections, photographs, audio-visual materials, t-shirts, banners, buttons, and more. Inspired by the courage of lesbians who lived, struggled, and loved in more difficult times, the Archives is governed by a group of volunteer coordinators and sustained by the collective work of volunteers and the passions of women the world over.

Matt Metzgar is a cabinetmaker who resided in Umbrella House Squat and, before their demise, in the 13th Street squats. Matt spent over 10 years living in and working on squatter buildings in the Lower East Side and New Orleans, participating in many squatter benefits as the drummer for Hooverville, a band born in 1988 in 537 East 13th St. He is the director and co-founder of the Lower East Side Squatter-Homesteader Archive Project.

Alan Ginsberg is an archivist and reference librarian. Alan has served as a project archivist and consultant for numerous organizations, ranging from the Woody Guthrie Archives to managing records of a corporation that manufactures elevators and ball bearings. He is thrilled to serve as Consulting Archivist to the Lower East Side Squatter-Homesteader Archive Project.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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