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In the news: Archives preserve cultural history

February 22nd, 2018

Attendees listen to Joan Kjaer and Andrew Michael Zmolek at the Merge Building on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The panels centered on the effects of the Russian Revolution on its 100 year anniversary. (Ashley Morris/The Daily Iowan)

By Elly Woods, The Daily Iowan

The Iowa Women’s Archives nestles into the third floor of the Main Library. The archives contain thousands of material labeled with the names of notable Iowa women: documents from Peg Mullen, an antiwar activist whose son was killed by friendly fire during the Vietnam War, the feminist women who began the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, famous UI female athletes, and more line the gray shelves.

Today at 5 p.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., will host World Canvass: Against Amnesia — Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice, in which archives such as these will be explored. The discussion is part of the Office of the Provost’s Global Forum/Obermann Humanities Symposium, a larger event that will take place from March 1-3. During the symposium, archivists, scholars, and artists will share things they’ve saved and why these things are important in preserving cultural history.

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Following the World Canvass discussion, the Archives Crawl on Saturday will go from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at various archives and museums around town.