Again, to what does getting materials online mitigate a “silence”?

This comes up repeatedly, at least for me. In our current environment, for many people if it’s not online, it might as well not exist. Here we have a great project, creating an “archive” and an exhibit of “U.S. homophile magazine references to various regions of the world in the 1950s and 1960s.” The collection “features annotated bibliographies, digitized materials and more than 1,000 items — including photos, letters to the editor, op-edsfeature stories, news stories and advertisements — from Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Canada; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East; and Russia, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.”

So, a great project, an interesting collection, not exactly what I would call an archive, but I’ve written about that as much as I care to. I’m not this as a possible example of the importance of getting materials online to fill a modern version of an archival silence.

Link to article: http://news.sfsu.edu/news-story/lgbt-history-project-inspires-new-online-archive

Link to collection: http://www.outhistory.org/exhibits/show/us-homophile/stein-intro

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Again, to what does getting materials online mitigate a “silence”?

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