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Category Archives: Fales Library & Special Collections

Adding Context: The Lucy Thane Riot Grrrl Videos

In spring 1993, riot grrrl bands Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear, accompanied by the filmmaker Lucy Thane, embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom. Bikini Kill vocalist Kathleen Hanna set the tone when she opened a show at the University of Sheffield by asking:

Preservation Week 2014: Tape Troubles and Treatments

Today’s post was written by Claire Kenny, Assistant Research Scholar in the Barbara Goldsmith Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory. As a paper conservator I spend a lot of time removing tape. The use of tape is ubiquitous; it is a fast, easy way to mend

Archival Trust: A Report From SAA New Orleans, 2013

By Anna Gurton-Wachter, Archives Assistant, Fales Library & Special Collections There was a lot to take in at this year’s Society of American Archivists conference in New Orleans. It was my first time attending and I wanted to hear it all. I heard about loads

Gay Cable Network Archive – Illuminating In-Equality

Today’s entry is written by Brent Phillips, Fales Media Archivist, and Timothy Woitas, an Archives Assistant at the Fales Library & Special Collections. After the recent repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Fales Library preserves rare LGBT video documenting its genesis. Back in

David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire In My Belly

As archivists we deal in presenting facts. We try not to personalize or interpret archival material. Instead we offer these primary source artifacts, whether they are paper-based documents or original media, to scholars so that they may study, scrutinize, and ultimately create scholarship. Recently a

Archiving Collectives

The fastest-growing area of collecting at Fales is our Downtown Collection, which seeks to document the full spectrum of performance, literature, art, activism and music that flourished in downtown New York from the mid-70s to the early 90s. Because of the cross-disciplinary and multimedia nature