Western History & Genealogy Blog

Participatory Archives

Bringing archives to the people! 

A great article/blog post by Kate Theimer, about Participatory Archives, explores how archives can bring user participation to archives. There is the idea that there might be a need to shift the professional archivist's thinking to include the role of the non-professional, interested citizen, to advance the work that archivists do. Embracing democratization and user content in the archives means giving users and potential collaborators a sense of ownership in the work that we do. This is what we intend to do with our new project and website, Creating Your Community. Stay tuned for more information about that soon. To read the blog, click here.