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This chapter uses the experience of two undergraduate students conducting research in their university archives to consider the “hidden curriculum” entailed in archival research at some institutions. When diverse identities and experiences are not represented in our archives, we run the risk of communicating a lack of value for those identities, producing a feeling of marginalization and exclusion for some students and foreclosing an opportunity to build solidarity across difference for others. In light of the limited holdings at many university archives and the increased prevalence of archival research in the undergraduate classroom, the authors draw on research from writing studies, anthropology, archival research, and public memory to produce recommendations for students, faculty, and institutions working to compose inclusive archives and research experiences.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Contemporary Higher Education


Rhonda Jeffries


This chapter appears in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Contemporary Higher Education edited by Rhonda Jeffries. Copyright 2007, IGI Global, Posted by permission of the publisher.



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