Ancestor and Descendant: A Conversation with Steven G. Fullwood
“Processing a collection is a form of storytelling in and of itself, providing access for researchers and simultaneously planting seeds for stories wanting to be born. It’s a generative practice, very fluid and inspiring and inherently political. Whose stories, and where are they archived? What’s crucial to doing archival work is knowing that you’re assisting in not just putting down the history, but you are a conduit for a certain kind of energy transfer. Archivists can be great storytellers and fine ambassadors for the field itself because [they are] able to make archives accessible and relatable. By contrast, archivists can also either help or hurt a cause based on what they collect and how they present collections," said Fullwood in an interview with archivist Steven D. Booth.
Published in Loss/Capture 2020