Documenting Struggle: Three Radical New York City Archives

Documenting Struggle: Three Radical New York City Archives

Join Radical Reference for a look at some of the ways libraries and other institutions are preserving the people's history! Archivists and activists will present parts of their collections and discuss how their work keeps the struggle alive.

Presented as part of the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition "make this netWORK" series, seeking to strengthen the fight for media justice by connecting local activists and media makers. Flyer attached below.

Tuesday, November 11
Brecht Forum
451 West St (between Bank & Bethune Sts)

$5-$15 donation to support Radical Reference
free food/cash bar

  • In recent years there has been increased attention to the period of contemporary art history of which ABC No Rio is a part. No Rio Director Steven Englander was part of the Art Spaces Archives Project's panel "Activist Arts Organizations of the 1970s and 1980s" at the College Art Association's 2006 conference.

    Records in ABC No Rio's archive includes documents related to the Real Estate Show and other "founding" documents; meeting minutes and planning/production notes; publicity and promotional materials; artist files; grant requests; correspondence; financial and legal documents; and documentation of events and activity.

  • Developed by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) with the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, is an innovative experiment in community history-making. The site consists of several layers: curated exhibits by scholars in various historical fields, contributions by the public, discussion boards, and an ever-growing archive of primary documents and secondary sources. is open to any registered user who wants to share research, documents, citations, essays, memoirs, images and even sound files.

    Jonathan Ned Katz, the initiator and director of the project, is an independent scholar and the author of four books on the history of sexuality and intimacy.

    Lauren Gutterman, the Project Coordinator for, is a Ph.D. candidate in NYU's History Department where she is focusing on gender and sexuality in the 20th century US.

  • Donna Davey and Peter Filardo will be representing the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. Founded in 1906, the library and archives form a unique, internationally known center for the study of labor history and progressive politics.

    Archives, manuscript collections, photographs, books, and pamphlets document the history of labor, socialism, communism, anarchism, and utopian experiments. The collections also include important materials relating to the women's movement, the cultural left, the history of labor law, and the struggles for civil rights, academic freedom, and civil liberties.

  • The Brecht Forum's own Annette T. Rubinstein Reading Room will also be introduced.

Funding for the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition "make this netWORK" series is funded by the North Star Fund Media Justice Initiative and Citizens Community for NYC.

The goals of the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition (NYCGMC) are to strengthen and unify the networks of local grassroots media makers to better serve the communities of New York City.

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