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About Women's March on Washington Archive

The Project Co-Founders, Danielle Russell and Katrina Vandeven, met in an email on the SAA Women in Archives Roundtable (Women in Archives Section) listserv. They recognized the importance of preserving that moment in women’s history due to the archival silence that has assisted with the historical delegitimation of women’s interaction with the state and women as political actors.  

Katrina recruited oral history volunteers and created comprehensive guidelines on how to collect oral histories, as well as what metadata to collect, which technologies to use, what questions to ask, what interview release forms to use, as well as other materials in order to create as uniform a collection strategy as possible. By January 21st there were approximately 100 volunteers, who collected just over 600 oral histories.

Danielle reached out to repositories through social media as well as through the professional listservs. A broad, project Deed of Gift was met with some resistance when institutions wanted their institutional forms used, so that idea was abandoned. After the march, she sent out ideas for a Memorandum of Understanding based off of examples she had created at her employing institution as well as a contract for the Digital Transgender Archive, sent to her by one of the participating institutions for reference.

Danielle worked with archivists in Austin to organize the collection of digital photographs taken at the Women’s March, particularly in the creation of photographic guidelines for coverage, file specifications, donation and rights.