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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Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing

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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 meeting

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Join us to check in about hosting fall class visits, and to plan out other fun education projects. Email classes@interferencearchive.org for the link to join virtually.

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August Collections Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Join us in person in the archive for our August collections working group meeting! We’ll be sorting our t-shirt collection. Get ready for some radical fashion! Email info@interferencearchive.org if you’d like to join the fun.

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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

Listen on Soundcloud 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 […]

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Online class visits for the 2020-21 school year: join us (virtually) in the archive!

We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one […]

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Virtual Class Visits: the next frontier

We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one where multiple forms of knowledge, skill, and experience are valued and shared within non-hierarchical structures; one where everyone is welcomed as an archivist.

We’ve watched as education institutions transition to online instruction, and we’re eager as a community archive to support that continued learning. Please let us know if we can provide a virtual class visit for you and your students.

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