Thursday, October 12

Archival Access and the Principles of Shared Stewardship

Thursday, October 12, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Chair: Greg Adams (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

In July 2019, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage adopted its Shared Stewardship of Collections Policy (, affirming the Center's commitment to culturally respectful collections management, enhanced community access to cultural documentation, and to consider alternative collections custody arrangements such as co-curation, long-term loan, or digital returns. Now that the entire Smithsonian has adopted a policy on Shared Stewardship and Ethical Returns (, the Center seeks to renew opportunities for consultation with the people and communities whose traditions, cultures, and heritages are found throughout the collections it stewards.In our discussion, let's consider:1. How do you see the principles of shared stewardship fitting into your strategic goals?2. What does it mean to be a Trusted Source?3. What do you see as your role in this work?4. What do you see as our role at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage?5. Ultimately, how can we leverage the expertise of this meeting group to more intentionally center the needs of those whose cultures are documented across the archives, library, and museum collections that we steward?