African American, Archives, Current Events in Historical Context


United States

Episode Description

The Blackivists, a collective of professionally trained Black archivists in Chicago, partner with institutions and community groups to help preserve the city’s Black cultural heritage as well as model reparative approaches to archives and archiving. Daniel talks with Ashley Farmer, who teamed up with the Blackivists to produce the AHR History Lab piece “Toward an Archival Reckoning” for the June 2022 issue. One of the collective—Stacie Williams—joins Ashley to talk about the group’s work. And Adom Getachew checks in to set this project in the context of a larger arc of upcoming Lab entries on the theme of “engaged history.”

Show Notes

In this Episode

Adom Getachew (Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago)

Ashley Farmer (associate professor of African and African diaspora studies and history at the University of Texas at Austin)

Stacie Williams (division chief of archives and special collections at the Chicago Public Library; member of the Blackivists collective)

Daniel Story (host and producer, digital scholarship librarian at University of California, Santa Cruz)


The Blackivists

Honey Pot Performance


“Your Love” by Frankie Knuckles

“Can You Feel It” by Mr. Fingers

“The Whistle Song” by Frankie Knuckles

“Diamond in the Back” by Curtis Mayfield

By Blue Dot Sessions

“Turning to You”


“The Dustbin”

“Di Breun”


NBC News on George Floyd protests (May 30, 2020)

ABC News on removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, NC (July 10, 2021)

ABC Chicago news report on growth of House Music (1986)

Frankie Knuckles at Power House club opening (1986)

Honey Pot Performance house music event (2014)


Produced by Adom Getachew, Ashley Farmer, and Daniel Story

Audio engineering assistance by Myles Rider-Alexis

Transcription support by Syrus Jin