As someone who loves the idea of working in some capacity with archives of marginalized groups of people, stumbling on the Digital Public Library of America was just what I was looking for, for this project.
The work displayed on this site began manifesting itself in the 1990s, but was not available to the public until around 2011. The Digital Public Library of America is the brainchild of librarians and academics from around the country. DPLA’s staff and board is diverse and full of educators. Their combined experiences make for a really cool, accessible and diverse resource. The group also promotes a value system that I can totally get down with, including a commitment to social justice work.
When I first entered the exhibitions page, I was surprised by the number of possibilities. I focused my attention on two of the exhibitions, Activism in the US and This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces. I felt with our focus on Ochs, activism and a Woody Guthrie reference was the way to go.
While I was happy with the topics selected and the short synopsizes on the right side, there was not much actual content available to look through. With the newness of the actual resource, I’m sure it can only go up from here. Even with the small amount of images, I was so happy to see a focus on women and minority groups in the activism section.
All of that to say, I recommend this resource and will definitely to using it in the future!