The Bedside Table Archives is a curatorial project that explores the intimate domestic cultures of lesbian and queer women through conversation and photography.
The project was launched in July 2013, and the initial phase included 10 sessions with 11 women. Additional sessions are planned and more content will be added as it is captured.
Photos are not manipulated with any editing software except in the case that identifying data, such as banking information or private contact information, has been inadvertently included. In this case, the information has been obscured.
Audio recordings of our full convesations will be made available in the near future.
Please contact me if you would like to participate in the project or would like more information about the Bedside Table Archives.
You can read about the Bedside Table Archives in Radical History Review, Issue 120.
As I work on revising my dissertation in preparation for a Spring defence, I have also committed my time a number of additional projects. I totally have time for these, promise!
The LGBTQ Digital Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a 5-year SSHRC-funded project led by Dr. Elspeth Brown at the University of Toronto - Mississauga. The purpose of the project is to bring together 200+ oral histories from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s and develop a digital repository to house these records and make them available to the broader public. Since Fall 2014, I have been working with the Collaboratory as the Digital Archivist. In this capacity, I have led the development of a metadata standard for the repository, worked with the University of Toronto and our design team to lead work on the Islandora-baed digital repository, and developed a multi-institutional Memorandum of Understanding to ensure all parties in this collaborator agreement work together to produce the world's largest digital collection of LGBTQ+ oral histories.
The CLGA Digital Collections Working Group. I continue to work with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) as a volunteer archivist. I have now stepped down from my role as Chair of the Community Engagement Committee to take the lead in a newly established Working Group to develop a digital collections repository for the archives. This repository will be hosted by the University of Toronto Libraries and supported by Ryerson University Libraries and York University. Libraries.
Wearing History. I have a dream and that dream involves producing a gorgeous, textured art book about the t-shirts that have made public the work of social movements. "Silence = Death" "Dip me in honey and throw me to the lesbians" ... and recently "I Can't Breathe" ... The visual manifestation of personal and collective politics that have shaped our culture from the 1960s to today. Of course, I might just start with the fabulous textiles collection at the CLGA and see where that takes me. In my spare time, of course.
The Centre3 Digital Archives. I was first introduced to Centre 3 during one of Hamilton's superb James Street art crawls and became immediately smitten. This artist-run centre supports a range of studio work, from silk-screening, digital media design, and printmaking. The centre also engages with youth through arts-based education programs and other community projects. Now entering its 11th year, the organization brought me in as an archival specialist to establish an archival program in two phases. The first phase, developing a records management program for its paper-based records and art collection, is now completed. The second phase will begin in Fall 2015 and involve the creation of a digital archives and online exhibition space using the Omeka platform. Phase one was funded through a Compass Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Photograph credits: Courtesy of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
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