The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) is pleased to announce an issue launch and author panel celebrating the fall issue of the newly redesigned Metropolitan Archivist, ART’s online publication. Panelists include Juana Suárez, Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University (NYU MIAP), Chris Nichols, Film and Audio Visual Archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives, Toby Sanchez, Archivist and Historian at the East Midwood Jewish Center, and Diane Biunno, Metadata Archivist at the Rutgers University Libraries Institute of Jazz Studies.
The inaugural issue of the Metropolitan Archivist as a digital quarterly is organized around the thematic of the Invisible City, in recognition of the various ways in which the historic events of the past six months have made visible that which has failed to register in the mainstream consciousness for far too long. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our daily lives and made way for the groundswell of public demonstrations over the loss of Black lives. These seismic events have revealed aspects of our culture and society, both historical and present day, that rightfully demand to be seen and transformed. As archivists and special collections librarians performing cultural heritage work and with firsthand knowledge of the gaps and silences that profoundly shape the historical record and the narratives it supports, we ask:
How can efforts to archive lost or marginalized aspects of the historical past and to center ethics of care in contemporary practice move us towards a more ethical and equitable future?
When we think of the historical footprint of New York City, what image comes to mind now and into the future? What stories will records created during this pandemic tell? Of whom and for whom will they be?
Held in conjunction with New York Archives Week, and moderated by co-editors Emily Andresini and Amye McCarther, the panel will expand on the authors’ engagement with bringing invisible and historically marginalized legacies to light.