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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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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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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