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

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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Admin Working Group meeting

Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Our Admin Working Group meets virtually on the first Monday evening of the month; all are welcome to listen in! Email info@interferencearchive.org if you’d like a zoom link to attend.

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Collections Working Group meeting

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Our monthly Collections Working Group meeting happens in person at the archive; folks are also welcome to join virtually if that’s more comfortable. Email info@interferencearchive.org to RSVP and/or get virtual joining info.

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Prison Library Support Network Reference Volunteer Training

Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Join the Prison Library Support Network (PLSN) for a virtual volunteer orientation for the new and entirely volunteer-powered Reference Project. After attending this orientation, you will be able to remotely answer reference questions mailed to PLSN from people incarcerated in correctional facilities. What is this project about? Controlling and restricting information access is a powerful form of violence […]

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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

Connect your class with 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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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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