Welcome to the Nomadic Archivists Project Press (NAP Press).
NAP Press was founded in 2020 as a platform to publish writing by and about memory workers of African descent, including archivists, librarians, oral historians, genealogists, bibliographers, filmmakers, and podcasters. We are building on the rich tradition of storytelling to preserve the global Black experience. We believe strongly in elevating these narratives by working with contemporary memory workers who understand the necessity of keeping our diverse and nuanced culture through books, journals, zines, and other forms. Toni Morrison once said, "narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created." Our mission is to preserve Black narratives in the key of liberation and fundamental change regarding the condition of Black people worldwide.
Our mission is to publish work that taps the depth and complexity of Black narrative. We firmly place ourselves alongside other publishers and editors creating work for future generations who will be searching for what happened here, who were the witnesses and how they lived.
The Evidence: Black Archivists Holding Memory, an anthology exploring the archival experience across Africa and the African Diaspora. We understand that the global Black archival experience is a complex one and converging over time, space, and memory. We acknowledge and affirm archiving our stories is a cultural and political act.
Archivists rarely share their experiences as archivists. The Evidence is a platform to tell these unique and powerful stories within the context of the Black archival tradition.
The anthology will feature archivists, artists, curators, historians, memory workers, public record keepers, scholars, and students, who will be sharing works that speak to archiving memory, agency in the archives, archival labor, combating racism in the archives, community archives and spaces, decolonizing the archives, digital archives and archiving, legacy makers, origins stories, personal testimonies, queer voices, understanding pain in the archives, women and gender in the archives.
This anthology takes its inspiration from the legacy of past pioneering archivists, curators, librarians, and scholars such as Regina Anderson Andrews, Brenda Banks, Abdel Kader Haidara, Jean Blackwell Hutson, Alexander Gumby, Sara Dunlap Jackson, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Dorothy Porter, Arthur Schomburg, Marion Stokes, and many others who left an indelible mark on archiving the global Black experience.
Editors: Miranda Mims and Steven G. Fullwood
Forthcoming spring 2024
For inquiries: https://www.nomadicarchivistsproject.com/contact