Our Collection Policy
Interference Archive grew out of the personal collections of two politically active cultural producers, and has since expanded to include materials donated by fellow activists and artists from around the world. The materials we collect and preserve represent the history and the cultural production of social movements–including everything from posters and prints, buttons, t-shirts, periodicals, pamphlets, zines, books, moving images, audio recordings, and other ephemera. We believe that these materials should be held in common, and belong to all those that played a part in their creation. For Interference Archive, making this cultural material accessible to the public is a form of preservation, not only of the physical materials, but of the collective history and memory of those struggling for social change.
Donating Materials to Interference Archive
If you think that your stuff belongs in our collection, please read over these policies about what we can and can’t handle, and how we will use your donation:
1. We will do our best to preserve materials in the collection, but our primary objective is that they are accessed and used, so do not give us materials that you feel cannot be handled extensively. For this reason, we encourage you to donate materials that were originally produced in multiples. We discourage you from donating personal or organizational papers, manuscripts, obsolete media, and one-of-a-kind works of art. We discourage donating materials which would require restricting access whether due to privacy concerns or due to the physical condition of the material.
2. Do not send us materials with significant damage or decay (like paper that crumbles when touched, or materials that are moldy). We will perform basic cleaning, and will repair rips and tears, but we do not have the resources to perform extensive conservation. If we receive materials that are beyond repair, or could cause serious damage to other items in our collection, we will do our best to inform you, and make suggestions about how to proceed. This might entail donating them an institution with resources to preserve them, returning them to you, or disposing of them if you do not want them back.
3. We have limited space, so we cannot keep more than 2 or 3 of any item. If you are able to send us an inventory of materials before you donate them, we can check to see if we have duplicates. If you send us items which already exist in our collection we will either send these materials to other collections so they can be shared with people elsewhere, or use these materials to fundraise for Interference Archive. If it is important to you that every single item you donate remains in the collection, please communicate with us directly about that before sending us anything.
Do you have something to add to the Interference Archive collection? Reach out to us and tell us about the items you would like to donate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org