In 2016, the UC San Diego Library created a “living archive,” a collection of materials presented in a way that allows for the expression, exhibition, documentation and preservation of a sentiment or movement in a particular community.
Tamara Rhodes, librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Developmental Sciences and Linguistics along with a small group of fellow librarians and Library staff spearheaded this type of “archiving,” the only living archive documenting student activism in the nation. The “Tell Us How UC It” archive documents student activism in its many shapes and forms whether it is through art, film or writing.
Last summer, UC San Diego medical student Sarah Bassiouni documented Rhodes’ work as part of a photo essay project for her Introduction to Photojournalism class at UC San Diego Extension. Her photo essay will be exhibited by the Reference Wall (Geisel West, 2nd Floor) in Geisel Library during the month of March as the university kicks off Women’s History Month.
Photo Credit: UC San Diego Librarian Tamara Rhodes unfurls a red and black flag that was made by a philosophy student in 1969 for a campuswide student strike. Photo by Sarah Bassiouni