1960s GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)

AHA Session 38
Thursday, January 4, 2018: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Embassy Room (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Michelle Joan Wilkinson, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
Assembling the Diaspora: Black Arts and International Vision
Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts Boston
A Critical Decade: The 1960s and the Tamiment Library
Sarah Moazeni, Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, New York University
Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Origins of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Samir Meghelli, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Session Abstract

This panel focuses on intersections between American cultural institutions and 1960s political and social movements. The presenters explore several of the ways in which the decade’s many upheavals – including the civil rights movement, antiwar protests, and the rise of Black Power – came to occupy, literally and figuratively, the nation’s galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Papers range from the dramatic expansion of archival research by social historians interested in the lives of everyday people, which required a transformation in library science, to the Smithsonian's 1967 experiment with a community-controlled museum dedicated to local Washington, D.C., history, to the use of scraps by the "Black Arts" movement to tell tales about economics and the subversion of power, to the impact of the protest decade on one of the nation's most venerable labor archives.
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