Designing sustainable funding models with community based archives

“So grateful I had the opportunity to attend. Lots and lots to reflect on. #ASFNOLA”

Patricia Hswe, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Challenge

Community-based archives hold some of the most valuable materials documenting the lives of marginalized people and they mostly exist independently of other traditional academic or government-run cultural heritage institutions. But while these archives continue to collect and preserve these histories, many of them face difficulties growing their operations, keeping their doors open, and enhancing their programming and collections activities because of a lack of funding opportunities. How can we directly address funding issues for community-based archives?

“It was such a privilege to be present for this. I left (too early!) with a full heart and having learned so much. Thank you.”

Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation

Our Solution

A workshop for developing sustainable funding models for community-based archives

Stats and Facts

  • 40 archivists from US, Europe, and New Zealand participated
  • 4 funding partners represented
  • 2 days of conversations documented
  • Whitepaper produced on supporting community-based archives


Architecting Sustainable Futures: Exploring Funding Models in Community-Based Archives

February 26, 2019

A detailed look back at the Architecting Sustainable Futures symposium held in New Orleans in September 2018.




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