community archives, history harvests, library, archive, archival skills


Archival Science | Collection Development and Management | Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


A History Harvest is a collaborative approach to community archiving, which leverages the skills of historians, librarians, or archivists and creates experiential learning opportunities for students to collect, digitize, and share cultural heritage objects and oral histories online. In many cases, archival skills are needed to curate and preserve the digital objects created and collected during History Harvest events. In this session, presenters discuss how we can contribute our skills, knowledge, and repository resources to support our local and regional communities and diversify the historical voice preserved in our collections.


Original Citation: Annie Benefiel, & Kimberly McKee. (2019). Supporting Community Archives (Or, How I Learned to Let Go and Love History Harvests). Presentation presented at the Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting, Mackinac Island, MI.