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Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) History

Erasures of Black Lesbian Feminism

Michelle Moravec, Author

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I owe huge debts to Alex Juhasz, who helped me to conceive of the project, to Maggie Hobson-Baker who created the fabulous design, and to Maggie Byrd who proofread. The staff of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, in particular Craig Dietrich, have been extremely helpful.  I met Joan Saab at a crucial point in this project and the insights she shared from her extensive experience working in Scalar were invaluable.

Without archivists there is no history, and this work  relies on the amazing work of archivists in academic and community archives.  Kelly Wooten was my guide during a wonderful visit to The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture in the Special Collections Library at Duke University.  The periodicals from Duke University make up a significant portion of Reveal Digital's Independent Voices Women's Alternative Press collection, which I've also used extensively.   I am always astounded by Lesbian Herstory Archives.  I am so grateful they had the insight to collect Audre Lorde's taped talks and to forge the partnerships with Prof. Anthony Cocciolo and his students from the Pratt School of Information and Library Sciences (Pratt SILS) that led to the online archives.  The Greenwich Village History site by students in New York University's graduate program in Archives and Public History and in Museum Studies had the conference program, in an entry created by Rachel Corbman.  Barnard College's Center for Research for Women has a comprehensive website detailing The Scholar & The Feminist Conferences online.  Kate Theimer pushed me to consider more metadata for sources that I imported and it is all my fault, not hers, that hasn't happened yet.
For input, critique, and comments, there are many many people from Twitter who helped me to think out loud and write in public, but in particular, I want to thank Melissa Dopp, Helene Huet, Tricia Matthew, Damaris Hill, Julie Enzer, Adeline Koh, Jessica M. Johnson, Scott Weingart, and particularly, Shane Lundrum.  As I created this project I tweeted links frequently and embedded in the comments here I've attempted to capture the contributions of many people who contributed to its developments and my thinking about the ethics of online archives. 

But most of all, to Bonnie Johnson, wherever she is now, I owe the greatest debts.  I have often wondered if she would ever come across this project and if so what she would think of it.  This project is dedicated to her, and the countless other participants in social movements whose stories and contributions are occluded by historians and the writing of history.  
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