The West Adams Collectors Club is a free 8-week, intergenerational workshop on archiving grassroots histories, hosted and organized by The William Grant Still Arts Center in collaboration with community members. From Black dolls and mix tapes to books, flyers, social movements and community spaces, we learned about collecting, keeping, and exhibiting cultural and social history through personal collections and building archives! The workshop will take place on eight Saturdays from March 14-May 2, 2015.
- Visit local archives, universities, and museums such as the USC ONE Archive, the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research , UCLA Special Collections and Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA
- Learn from professional librarians and archivists how to build your own archive and creative approaches to archives
- Display your archive in a group exhibit at The William Grant Still Arts Center in Fall 2015
Facilitated by community historians Billie Green, BJ’s Dress Up & Tea Garden; Alden Kimbrough, Independent Collector and Zambezi Bazaar; and C. Jerome Woods,The Black LGBT Project. Workshops are being developed in collaboration with “next generation” archivists Kelly Besser, Project Archivist UCLA Special Collections; Treva Ellison, Ph.D Candidate, University of Southern California, American Studies; and Dalena Hunter, Librarian UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies. Link to Printable Workshop Series Flyer
This project is made possible with the support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org