What We Do

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, subject files, and other materials.

Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions.

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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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Upcoming Events

Poster Sale!

Sunday, December 4, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Over the past decade, we’ve had tens of thousands of posters donated to us, and even though we try to avoid receiving multiple copies—we don’t have space to keep duplicates—we find ourselves drowning in duplicates. We’ve shared extras with other archives, community spaces, and allied projects, but we sometimes still have an extra 5 or […]

Events / Working Groups /

December Admin Working Group Meeting

Monday, December 5, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Our monthly admin working group meeting happens virtually, and all are welcome to attend. Email info@interferencearchive.org for a link.

Events / Working Groups /

December Education Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 6:30 PM

The Education Working Group meets up to plan education-oriented events and to support class visits to Interference Archive. Email classes@interferencearchive.org to find out if we’ll be meeting in person or on zoom.


Now Streaming

Audio Interference 83: Sister Serpents and Generative Archiving

In this episode, volunteer Jen Hoyer explains how the archive is using donated materials to create an online presence for noteworthy, but digitally absent groups like Sister Serpents. But generating new materials and new discussions is not without a few risks. Stay tuned to find out more. To learn more about Sister Serpents, check out […]

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