Saturday, Oct. 15

08-07 Navigating Trauma, Healing, and Reconciliation in Research Collections

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Oklahoma South

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section, the Folklore and Museums Section


Chair: Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe (Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study)

Forum participants:

Tanya D. Finchum (Oklahoma State University)

Maria Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University Bloomington)

Bailey Hoffner (University of Oklahoma)

Willa L. Liburd Tavernier (Indiana University Bloomington)

Mathilde Frances Lind (Indiana University Bloomington)

The many phases of collections contact harbor the possibility of trauma for those who create, care for, use, and view research collections. Content warnings provide opportunities to brace before contact, but painful materials intertwined with your life or livelihood cannot be avoided. This discussion of trauma and research collections draws upon the panelists’ various experiences as researchers, collections professionals, community members, and repository visitors. We will consider: What practices reduce harm? How can we move past avoidance and trauma to healing and reconciliation? How do we care for ourselves, our students, collections staff members, and community members?