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The ArchivesSpace Diversity Partnership is a new three-year program that offers support for implementing the ArchivesSpace application to institutions that are themselves or primarily serve communities underrepresented in the ArchivesSpace community. Each cohort institution is eligible for resources like membership, hosting, training, and user and technical support. This program will launch is launching with a small cohort of institutions on July 1, 2021. The three-year term will conclude on June 30, 2024.

For the duration of the program, each ArchivesSpace Diversity Partner will receive, at no cost to them:

  • ArchivesSpace membership

  • ArchivesSpace hosting and technical support from a Registered Service Provider

  • introductory and specialized training

  • ongoing user support

These commonly used resources for implementing ArchivesSpace are being offering as a package for the purposes of this program, but participating institutions may decline individual items if they are not wanted. All ArchivesSpace Diversity Partners will be ArchivesSpace members for the duration of the program.


Eligible organizations include:

  • academic Minority-Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities

  • non-profit or community archives primarily run by or serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

  • tribal archives

Eligible organizations cannot already be an ArchivesSpace member or client of a hosting provider. An organization also cannot be a unit of a parent institution that does not meet these criteria.

Responsibilities of ArchivesSpace

  • Provide, at no cost to the Partner, the implementation resources selected by the partner institution, which may include membership, hosting, training, user support and technical support. Resources will be provided according to the standard terms of these offerings.

  • Provide opportunities for partner institutions to connect with each other and others in the ArchivesSpace community.

Responsibilities of Partners

  • Actively work to implement ArchivesSpace at their institution.

  • Attend occasional ArchivesSpace Diversity Partnership meetings and provide feedback about their experience implementing ArchivesSpace and participating in the ArchivesSpace member community. It is anticipated that all meetings will be online; travel support would be provided if a meeting were to be held in person.

All information held within a Partner’s ArchivesSpace implementation remains the sole property of the Partner, to be used or shared at their discretion only. Any information about progress of individual implementations of ArchivesSpace and any institution-specific data collected in meetings or feedback opportunities will be kept confidential.

To Apply

There is a short Expression of Interest form to complete. The Expression of Interest asks for some information about the applicant institution and why becoming an ArchivesSpace Diversity Partner is of interest to them.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to by March 15, 2021.

All applications will be evaluated by outside peer reviewers and a subset of the planning group according to the criteria established by the planning group. Some applicants may be contacted for further discussion about the program and their interest as part of the evaluation process.

We expect to select and notify the cohort of Partners by May 1, 2021.

To Learn More

Members of the planning group are happy to talk about the program at any time - please contact us at Potential applicants who are interested in the experience of using ArchivesSpace at an underrepresented institution can contact Brittany Newberry ( She is happy to talk about Atlanta University Center’s experience implementing ArchivesSpace as an HBCU.

A recording of our informational webinar on February 10th about the ArchivesSpace Diversity Partnership is now available on our YouTube channel at

The slides from this discussion are available below:

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Planning Group

Jessica Crouch, ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator

Christine Di Bella, ArchivesSpace Program Manager

Brittany Newberry, Atlanta University Center and ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council Chair

Sean Quimby, University of Pennsylvania and ArchivesSpace Governance Board Vice Chair

Madeline Sheldon, LYRASIS Digital Technology ServicesSee more information about the program’s eligibility, responsibilities, and application process.

Our Inaugural Cohort

Black Cultural Archives – a unique community archive based in the heart of Brixton, South London, that was established in 1981 to collect contemporary records of Black communities and seeks to transform the understanding of local, national and global Black history.

Detroit Sound Conservancy – deliberately rooted in and informed by Detroit’s community activism, a community-based archive that tells Detroit’s story through the experiences of its musical people.

Spelman College – a liberal arts college in Atlanta that is one of the only two remaining HBCUs founded to educate women of the African diaspora. In addition to being the official college repository, the Archives also documents women of the African Diaspora broadly, and houses the Audre Lorde and Toni Cade Bambara papers.

Weeksville Heritage Center – a historic site, house museum, and cultural center in Brooklyn, New York, whose mission is to use education, the arts and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America.

Xavier University of Louisiana – the only Catholic HBCU in the country, with historic collections that focus on Black history, New Orleans and Louisiana history, Black Catholics, and the Gulf Coast region, in addition to XULA institutional history.

We’re really excited to work with our cohort members in the coming months and years. We’ll provide more information about the program as this work proceeds.