In the wake of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor murders, and in the spirit of protest that followed, the ArchivesSpace community began a conversation about what it could do to promote diversity and inclusion while combating systemic racism in our field. That continuing conversation has led to a series of initiatives that we will undertake in the coming years, including the ArchivesSpace Diversity Partnership.

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. This program will launch 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:

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:

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

Responsibilities of Partners

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:

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 Services