Worcester Refugee Archive

By gkur

The New England Archivists Roundtable of Early Professionals and Students (REPS)held it’s second annual day of service yesterday. There were 5 projects volunteers could sign up for.

— History Project: Documenting LGBTQ (Boston, MA)
— USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown, MA)
— Worcester Refugee Archive (Worcester, MA)
— Colchester Historical Society (Colchester, CT)
— Hardwick Historical Society (Hardwick, VT)

I love volunteering and this made it very easy. I signed up for a 4 hour shift with the Worcester Refugee Archive at Clark University. Convenience and curiosity were my main reasons for choosing this site. My sister lives in Worcester, so I was able to visit with her after. The work consisted of adding item level descriptions to a WordPress site to create a catablog for the archive. I’m not sure if the catablog inspiration is from UMass’s UMarmot, or the WordPress plugin (which I just now found out about), but the idea of helping out a DIY archive was very appealing. And in general I was looking forward to working with WordPress and to learn more about the Worcester Refugee Archive.

According to the website the archive “is a repository for materials, knowledge, research, and resources related to Worcester’s refugee and forced migrant communities. It serves to collect published and unpublished materials on the history, resettlement, community health, livelihoods, and material culture–among other things–of individuals, groups, refugee community organizations, and agencies based in and around Worcester.”

I did learn a little more about the archive – which is in a very beginning stage at the moment. It is inspired by a class taught at Clark and the work being done by graduate students and faculty. There is a lot of secondary material in the collections – I worked on adding descriptions of background materials which consisted
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