SMA’s Virtual Table Talks are one-hour informal discussions to promote the sharing of knowledge between archivists working in Mississippi galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Each talk will feature a speaker who will share their experience and knowledge on a given topic. For more information on this series, or if you are interested in presenting, please contact Carrie P. Mastley at email@example.com.
Next Talk: Mississippi University for Women’s LGBT+ Oral History Collection: From Student Project to Growing Collection, a talk given by Nichole Bonaventure-Larson, Joshua Herrick, Victoria Jones, and Bridget Pieschel
The LGBT+ Oral History Project began as a student honors project in 2012-2013 which began a collection of oral histories from lesbian alumnae of Mississippi University for Women. These three original histories were expanded into the current project with the formation of a project board which included stakeholders from many departments on campus. Guided by the structure of existing oral history programs at MUW, the project was broadened to include the full spectrum of LGBT+ alumni in its purpose. Students served as interviewers and transcribers during MUW’s annual homecoming and the collection now includes numerous additional interviews. The Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections houses and maintains the collection. In this talk the speakers will discuss the growth of the project, how it has been affected by COVID-19, and their next steps.
Friday, June 25, 2021
12:00 PM CT
- “We have no leaders, we are all leaders!”: Collecting and Celebrating the 1969 Black Student Sit-In at Delta State College – Carrie Freshour, Ted Fisher, Arlene Sanders, Sykina Butts, Tyler Wells, Michelle Johansen, and Emily Jones (July 31, 2020)
- Community Collaboration: The Margaret Walker Center and the Scott-Ford House, Inc. – Angela D. Stewart and Dr. Alferdteen Harrison (September 25, 2020)
- My Artifact Needs an Agent: How to Celebrate and be a Good Steward of Popular History – Baldwin Chiu, Larissa Lam, and Emily Jones (November 20, 2020)
- “The Burial Ground is Common Ground”: Researching and Presenting The Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration in Columbus, MS – Mona Vance-Ali and Chuck Yarborough (February 26, 2021) – due to technical difficulties, Part 2 with Chuck Yarborough had to be recorded separately
- Against All Odds: Telling the Stories of the First Black Legislators in Mississippi – DeeDee Baldwin, Karen Burch, and Bianca Ford (May 21, 2021)