“Take Back the Archive” is a public history project created by UVa faculty (historians, anthropologists, American Studies scholars, and more), and by students, librarians, and archivists. It is meant to preserve, visualize, and contextualize the history of rape and sexual violence at the University of Virginia.
We will soon be soliciting crowd-sourced material: documents, images, artifacts, ephemera, and survivor stories. We are also collecting material related to the current public outcry at UVa. Stay tuned for information about how you can contribute. Please tweet about the project using the hashtag #TakeBackTheArchive and contact us if you have questions about this work. We hope our use of Omeka and Neatline can help establish a national model for college and university communities wishing to memorialize, historicize, confront, and end sexual violence on campus.