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University of Maryland Reparative Histories Project: Interest Form
University Archives Reparative Oral Histories Project aims to address the gap in its institutional records relating to the histories of traditionally marginalized communities and, as a result, are establishing specific initiatives to address the inequities in our collecting practices over the next several years. We are excited that you are interested in the project and look forward to working with you!
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Reparative Histories Project Descriptions
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

The LGBTQ oral history collection provides opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the University of Maryland to share their experiences of being LGBTQ+ on the University of Maryland campus or in the community. This project was initially started by Ashleigh Coren, former Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning, during Pride Month in 2018 and 2019 at the "Speak Your Truth: The LGBTQ Oral History Project" event.


Reparative Histories and the Black Experience

This  initiative will serve as a platform to address the underdocumented existence of Black students at the university. We bookend this project between the first Black UMD student in the 1950s and the organizing around the murder of Lt. Richard Collins III. This period encompasses major global and local social events and movements such as the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the Antiwar Movement, the modern Black Studies Movement, and contemporary actions around racial justice, but this will also look at Black joy and the creation of liberated futures. This initiative will solicit perspectives from faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni. The project is in collaboration with African American Digital Humanities at the University of Maryland with the support of a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American and African Studies.


The University of Maryland's Divine 9 Collecting Project (for Black Greek Chapters at UMD)

The University of Maryland's Divine 9 Collecting project honors the 50 Years of Black Greek Letters at the University of Maryland. This effort will highlight the long history of Black Greek life at UMD through oral histories with opportunities to archive their legacy with a call for archival materials including photographs, newsletters, flyers, and other types of artifacts and ephemera that will help tell the story of the Divine 9 chapters at UMD:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity

Future Initiatives

Future initiatives will aim to represent as many marginalized groups as possible. In the near future, we plan to begin projects to collect the oral histories around these topics

Undocumented Students
UMD Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPDI) Heritage Community
Latinx

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