Ar­chives con­nect­ing with com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions

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Or­ga­ni­za­tions also ac­cess the hold­ings of the Ar­chives, of­ten as they are pre­par­ing to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate their his­tory. Hav­ing the records or­ga­nized and ac­ces­si­ble in one place can make the task of piec­ing the story to­gether that much eas­ier.

Be­ing trans­par­ent and ac­count­able are good rea­sons to main­tain records. A club may ac­cess records to un­der­stand a de­ci­sion made in the past and the cir­cum­stances un­der which an ac­tion was taken. An or­ga­ni­za­tion may also want to de­ter­mine if its man­date has shifted over time, and if the or­ga­ni­za­tion is meet­ing its orig­i­nal ob­jec­tives.

The Ar­chives col­lects and makes ac­ces­si­ble the record of our re­gion. We aim to rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity through the doc­u­ments and the sto­ries they tell. When an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s records come to the Ar­chives they be­come both the his­tory of the smaller com­mu­nity of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, and part of the story of the broader com­mu­nity. Staff may be able to help re­searchers make un­ex­pected con­nec­tions and dis­cov­er­ies.

Peo­ple who are not di­rectly in­volved with an or­ga­ni­za­tion are also of­ten in­ter­ested in the records. They may be cu­ri­ous mem­bers of the pub­lic, stu­dents do­ing re­search projects, au­thors, his­to­ri­ans, or peo­ple in­ter­ested in how a com­mu­nity need was ad­dressed in the past as they look for modern so­lu­tions.

The Ar­chives is al­ways in­ter­ested in dis­cussing pos­si­bil­i­ties, whether speak­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the ex­ec­u­tive, or the mem­ber­ship as a whole. We look for­ward to mak­ing con­nec­tions and work­ing with the com­mu­nity.

Visit the Ar­chives at the Es­planade and see what we are about.

Philip Pype is Es­planade Ar­chiv­ist.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO ES­PLANADE

This photo is from May 16, 2018 when mem­bers of River­side Book Club had a tour of the ar­chives and looked at ma­te­ri­als held in the ar­chives about the his­tory of The Book Club. In the photo are Joanie Gilchrist, Judy Vizbar, Jen­nifer Sis­sons and Judy An­der­son.

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