LR: You like founding things don’t you?
SZ: It’s not my fault! The things I really like don’t exist yet!
LR: In a few sentences, tell us what you’ll be presenting at ABA.
SZ: The Radical Archives of Philadelphia (RAP) collects the material history of progressive and prefigurative organizations and individuals in Philadelphia. Much of the organizing, planning and general correspondence that the RAP wants to collect is done via email. I’ll be presenting on the ongoing project to capture this email.
LR: What do you hope audiences will get from your talk?
SZ: Email is a concern for every institution. Though specifics differ between situations, I hope this project helps stir ideas for similar projects in other repositories. And because we’re all figuring this out as we go along, if anyone has better ideas the RAP is all ears.
LR: Their archival theories aside, who do you think would win in an Ultimate Fighting Match, Jenkinson or Schellenberg?
SZ: Jenkinson. Definitely Jenkinson.
LR: On a scale from 1 – 10, (10 being easiest) how easy would it be for other archivists to implement the project you’re presenting here?
SZ: This is probably an 8. There are several steps, but overall this is pretty easy.
LR: This is really interesting. I am looking forward to hearing more about your work with RAP. Thanks Scott!
UPDATED, 9:44am: Scott’s role as “…a founding member of the Radical Archives of Philadelphia” was changed from “…the founding member…” The RAP is a collaborative effort between many talented librarians and archivists.