There’s a box under my basement stairs that I haven’t opened for ten years. I thought I knew what was inside. But when I finally get the courage to open it, I encounter a mystery that goes beyond my own family archive and leads me to ask: What does “the archive” mean and who gets to decide “what remains” there?
To find out, I follow archivist Heather Home into a vault at the Queen’s University Archives and speak with Dr. Kristin Moriah and Dr. Mark Campbell, whose research confronts important issues around what is missing in institutional archives and why. Plus, we learn how black studies and the culture and artistic practice of hiphop could reshape traditional archival processes.