The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archives

About this book

Editors: Allison Guess & Prithi Kanakamedala

Essays by: Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Maggie Schreiner, Molly Garfinkel, Rebecca Amato, Sady Sullivan, Samip Mallick, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Walis Johnson, Yvette Ramírez 

104 pagesperfect-bound, book design by Partner & Partners, published by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
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This book is sponsored by The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archiving research team as part of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archives (edited by Allison Guess & Prithi Kanakamedala) is a book of ten commissioned essays by archivists, activists, artists, and historians that reflects the creative and intellectual energy of the City Amplified working group. The essays explore the meaning of community-centered oral history archives and the ethics of archival work, rooted in a local context. The book also includes a detailed resource guide for those looking to start a community oral history project. The book features representatives of community partners such as The Laundromat Project, Interference Archive, Buscada, City Lore, South Asian American Digital Archive, Urban Democracy Lab, New York Public Library, American Social History Project, and others. 



Prithi Kanakamedala


SAADA’s “Where We Belong Project” – From Theory to Practice

Samip Mallick

Archiving Black Lesbians in Practice: The Salsa Soul Sisters Archival Collection

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Building Activist Capacity Through Memory Work

Maggie Schreiner


Sustaining Collaboration is a Skill

Sady Sullivan

De-Radicalizing Public Engagement

Rebecca Amato

NYSCA Living Traditions: Safeguarding Tradition Beyond the Physical Archive

Molly Garfinkel

The Repositories of Memories that We All Carry Within

Yvette Ramírez


The Artist and the Radical Archive

Walis Johnson

Telling Totes at the Essex Street Market

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

Juxtaposition: The Case for the Radically Open Archive

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

If You’re Thinking About Starting An Oral History Project

Sady Sullivan with Maggie Schreiner


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