No Such thing as a Free Lunch (An Outreach Case Study)

Learning Objectives

  • Student will consider the ethical dimensions of community outreach for archives and make appropriate decisions given a specific scenario.

Scenario

Your archive has a well established history of giving talks to various groups in your community about the importance of archives and preserving family records. Usually the archivist who gives these talks gets lunch or some sort of refreshment during the presentation. Rarely are you given any sort of honorarium. You have a request to present the usual talk at the local Sons of Confederate Veterans.

  • What do you do?
  • What are the possible ramifications for working with this group for your archives?
  • What are the possible ramifications for not working with this group?

Bibliography

  • Boles, Frank. “” JUST A BUNCH OF BIGOTS” A CASE STUDY IN THE ACQUISITION OF CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL.” Archival Issues (1994): 53-65.

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