SESSION 506 - Lest We Forget-Lest We Forget! Sustaining Memory in Post-Colonial Archives

Aug 15, 2009
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Event Location: Room 400-402


Bertram Lyons, CA , MA (Chair)
Archivist, Senior Consultant
Sharing Cultural Resources / Sharing Responsabilty / Sustaining Memory: The Alan Lomax Archives’ Ethnographic Digital Project

Helen Wong Smith, MLIS , CA
Executive Director
Kaua'i Historical Society
Preserving Hawaii's Many Cultures Through Five Governments

Gayle Williams
Latin American & Caribbean Information Services Librarian
Florida International University
The Digital Library of the Caribbean: A Collaborative Model for Preservation, Sustainability, and Cultural Memory


As Rudyard Kipling warned in "Recessional," there is danger in forgetfulness. Archives in former colonies face challenges to disentangle, and to rescue, the native and colonized voices that were smothered by "official" discourse and often ignored or dispersed far from their place of origin. The presenters address these challenges and offer unique and viable solutions for safeguarding the memories of former colonies in the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands.


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