activist archivist

n. an archivist who strives to document the underdocumented aspects of society and to support political and social causes through that work an archivist who seeks to move the archives profession, archives workplaces, and society in general toward social justice


Howard Zinn used the term activist archivist on September 30, 1970, during the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Washington, DC. It was likely the first time the term was used in a public setting. Then as now, activist archivists look for proactive ways to collect, record, and preserve the less documented parts of the world, sometimes through the use of oral histories and photography.