Community and Cultural Chronicles: Archives Reflected for the People by the People

Carla DeMarco


This paper looks to community archives and the ways in which they represent the history of often-underrepresented
communities, and therefore how they enhance a nation’s history. Three Canadian community archive
projects are examined, including the following initiatives: the [murmur] project in Toronto, the Project Naming
collection, and the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum in Puce, Ontario. These
three community-archive projects are highlighted to demonstrate how they provide a more holistic picture of
various aspects of Canadian history and culture, and also how they fit within the community-archive framework
of various theorists, such as Jeannette Bastian, Terry Cook, Andrew Flinn, Anne Gilleland and Karen Underhill.

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