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Special Collections and Archives
Kennedy Library, Cal Poly
Gaps and Silences in Archives and Special Collections
While archives have been viewed as unbiased repositories of the past in its entirety, they are in fact spaces of gaps and silences. These gaps and silences are due to changing opinions of archivists have considered "of enduring value," and can reflect historical, institutional, and internalized racism, classism, sexism, and ignorance of marginalized genders and sexualities. Biases may also impact the archivist's description. Archives are not neutral.
This is a work in progress, please check back as we add more content. It was originally created in Fall 2020 to support students in second-year architecture courses researching marginalized and underrepresented communities in the city of San Luis Obispo. We hope it may be of use to others as a starting place for researching Central Coast communities, especially marginalized communities, on the Central Coast.
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