Archives and Community


This course (INF2104H — Archives and Community) builds upon and extends concepts, themes, and theories ARM students were introduced to through INF 1330H. Through a focus on archival reciprocity, accountability, collaboration, and consultation this course introduces students to the field of community archiving and will explore the unique relationships that are formed between archives and the communities they both serve and represent. In particular, this course will explore the discourse of ‘community’ within the archival studies field with an eye to how it shapes and constrains particular modes of practice and process. Through a focus on both community-based and institutional archival practice, this course will prepare students for the unique ethical challenges of building non-extractive, reciprocal relations with source communities. Throughout the term we will be studying a range of archival projects and practices and we will hear from community archives workers and researchers involved in a range of localized archiving projects. By the end of term, students will have developed a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities afforded by community-based archival work and practice.

Pre-requisite course:  INF1330H or with instructor’s approval

Exclusion course: INF2121H