Katie Yun


Archiving Protest

Class: Integrative Seminar 2

Assignment: Visit the Interference Archive and analyze the process of archiving protest and the purpose of it.

Photos from the Interference Archive:

I took notes while at the Interference Archive base on what objects and words I saw. I then organized my notes and looked for common themes (written in purple).


When talking to the volunteer, I learned that the Interference Archive receives all their materials by donation. The content they have are products of social movements and transformations collected over the years. The process of archiving protest begins with a movement or group. Topics that I took note on ranged from feminism, fascism, and anti-war. I found common themes on race, war/politics, and human rights. These groups in history have called for change and were new ideas in their time. This results in the production of media to spread the word about a movement. The Interference Archive have materials in forms of books, journals, zines, comics, newspaper prints, posters, buttons, poems, music, vinyls, and serials. Archiving a protest is keeping these materials to keep the movement and ideas alive.

In my opinion, the process and act of archival does not defeat the purpose of a protest. Protests in the Interference Archive are documented and stored in a way that the public can access it. This process allows people will all backgrounds to learn the changes in history that affected their lives now. Protests in history have demanded change and attention to various issues, archiving them keeps them stored for the memory and significance.


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