Chicago Open Archives 2021


October 29, 11:30 a.m.

The Chicago Area Archivists invites you to participate in our second annual Chicago Open Archives Unconference. 

In celebration of American Archives Month, Chicago Open Archives connects community members with the collections, programs, and services of archival repositories throughout the city and suburbs.

Theme: Hindsight Is 20/20: Lessons Learned and Steps Taken

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year’s COA celebration will be in the form of a series of pre-recorded presentations followed by a live Q&A session that will be held on October 29 at 11:30am, where you can ask the presenters any questions you might have. 

Prior to the live Q&A, all presentations will be available on YouTube and links will be emailed via the Chicago Area Archivists Listserv.  

Session Schedule: 

  • Critical Cataloging: Introducing Local Headings with Gretchen Neidhardt and Elizabeth McKinley of the Chicago History Museum

  • Let the Records Speak: Uncovering the Stories of Black Women in the WCTU with Janet Olson and Kristin Jacobsen of the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives

  • All In One: The CDHP Interview Marathon with Jenai Cutcher of the Chicago History Dance Project. 

  • Archival Silence in a Chicago Suburb Founded by an Enslaver with Kheir Fakhreldin.

  • What use is a home movie archive? with Justin Williams of the South Side Home Movie Project

Register now for the Live Q&A!

Can’t make it to this event? Don’t worry – there will be more events throughout the year at a variety of dates, times, and locations. Have an idea for a CAA event? Contact!

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