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Researching Activism at The New School

This guide provides suggestions for approaching historical research concerning activism at The New School throughout its history.


The Activists' Guide to Archiving Video is an in-depth resource with information about why to document and archive activist activities (as well as considerations of possible complications from documenting) in addition to step-by-step actionable instructions related to creating and maintaining video in the field. Although it specifically focuses on video, a lot of the concepts are applicable to different formats as well. The guide is created by the nonprofit WITNESS whose mission is to "train and support activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for human rights change." In addition to the guide to archiving video, they also offer a library of additional resources.

To learn more about maintaining your own archives, please consult our guide on this topic: Personal Digital Archiving.

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Do you have or know of activist work that you think should be included in the New School Archives? Let us know! E-mail us at archivist[at] or call us at 212.229.5942.