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Help us Preserve Black OC History 

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Calling all Orange County residents – Help us preserve Black OC history.

CSUF Digital Futures and the Pollak Library are currently documenting the stories of Orange County’s Black communities from the 1920s through the present.

The #NetworkedOC digital public humanities project, is looking for personal or professional photographs, images, letters, and documents that speak to the lived experiences of Black people in Orange County. #NetworkedOC, seeks to creatively document the past, present and future of Black-owned businesses, and community organizations using interactive digital maps and data storytelling.  This project is invested in capturing, managing, and creatively disseminating open-source data on Orange County’s Black communities past and present.  The goal is to build a rich network of information sharing among local Black-owned businesses and community organizations, and provide resources that foster sustainability in the local region and increase equity in the circulation of the Black dollar in and beyond Orange County.

As an inclusive and restorative data project, #Networked OC is supported by the Andrew Mellon funded Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium (DEFCon) at Cal State Fullerton.  CSUF DEFCon seeks to cultivate the next generation of digital scholars engaged in social justice to work alongside communities and cultural organizations on projects and initiatives that both increase access to digital tools and technologies, and amplify the voices and experiences of underrepresented events, histories, cultural practices and people in the U.S. and beyond.  This event is hosted in collaboration with CSUF’s Pollak Library and the Institute for Black Intellectual Innovation.

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For more information, please contact

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Patrisia Prestinary
University Archives & Special Collections
Pollak Library
P: (657) 278-4751

Patrisia Prestinary