Looking Outward: Archival Research as Community Engagement

Whitney Douglas


This article examines archival recovery work as community engagement, illustrating how recovered artifacts can serve as part of the creative process. It also analyzes the potential recovery work as community engagement holds for creating a new form of literacy – communal literacy – through the description of a community-based project centered on recovered archival material from the Nebraska women’s suffrage movement.

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Publication of the Community Literacy Journal is made possible through the generous support of the English Department and the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Florida International University. The CLJ is a journal of the Conference on Community Writing.