What is Interference Archive?

The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

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Exhibitions / Walkout

Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing

Online Only

June 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

May 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State and Jackson State massacres, which set off a historically large-scale student strike across the nation. With the anniversary as an entry point and frame of reference, this exhibition uses archival material from the Interference Archive collection to examine the broader scope of student movements that both led up to and followed in the wake of May 1970.

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Education Working Group December meeting

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Join our Education Working Group for a hybrid meeting on December 7th at 6pm; some folks will be at Interference Archive, or email classes@interferencearchive.org for a link to join virtually.

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December Admin Working Group meeting

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Our monthly admin working group meetings are online, and all are welcome to attend. Send us an email at info@interferencearchive.org for details on how to join virtually.

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Audio Working Group December Meeting ❄️

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Remote meeting held over Zoom. Email audio@interferencearchive.org for the link!

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Our Collections

Our collection includes tens of thousands of items created as part of social movements around the world, by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. For us, making this material accessible to the public is an act of preservation, not only of the physical materials, but of the collective history of those struggling for social change. Learn more about our collections and set up a time to visit them in-person in the archive.

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Audio Interference 82: Dane Michael on Zines & Mutual Aid

In this episode, we speak with Interference Archive volunteer Dane Michael about his favorite zines in the archive’s collection as well as his interest in collecting radical print materials and mutual aid ephemera, which he regularly donates to the archive. In particular, Dane shares experiences traveling to social centers and radical spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, […]

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News and Updates

New in the collection: TAP: The Hobbyist’s Newsletter for the Communications Revolution

Along with an impressive collection of 2600 that we received at Interference Archive, we found an issue of TAP: The Hobbyist’s Newsletter for the Communications Revolution. Articles include “Dunn and Bradstreet: Do they know something that we don’t,” “Yet More Phun with UNIX,” and a song mourning the end of Bell Systems. Find it in […]

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Americans Before Columbus: collections that help us think about collecting

In preparation for an event we’re helping with this weekend at the Museum of Art and Design, we’ve been digging through our newspaper collections — specifically, our collection of Indigenous newspapers. A special edition of Americans Before Columbus caught our eye because of an article of “Sacred Objects and Secular Laws,” which discusses repatriation of […]

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