Fall 2020 Exhibit: What We Don't Have
Archives are not neutral.
We recognize that the University Archives fail to represent the experiences and contributions of many of you, and that must change. As archivists, our work is often behind-the-scenes, mired in the jargon and processes of our profession. We are trained to be unbiased, objective stewards, but ultimately we have prioritized some stories over others. We acknowledge the myth of archival neutrality, and we vow to do better.
With this exhibit, we aim to expose our work and explore the absences in the University Archives - the voices and experiences we know are missing. These are stories that people are looking for, and we are unable to tell. We recognize that these are not the only gaps in our collections, and we acknowledge that the gaps represent members of our community who have been silenced.
The process of researching this exhibit has been enlightening and affirming. We have discovered avenues to explore and individuals to contact, and we have uncovered aspects of CMU’s history we were unaware of. Most importantly, we’ve been reminded that the Carnegie Mellon community is full of bright, passionate, and tireless individuals working to make their world a better place. We have a long way to go, but we can see the path ahead of us.
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