This poster examines the white and male-dominated narrative promoted in the archives. Archivists hold the power to record and contribute to what is included in the archives. The lack of descriptions and identifiers causes archivists to define materials to the best of their ability. A third party is then creating historical notes that may not be complete and the materials lose, to some extent, their meaning and value. This becomes even more problematic when the materials have originated from or highlight minority individuals or groups. Particular language, or lack thereof, can make locating and understanding these materials more difficult for future generations. For example, Latino, Hispanic, and other multicultural groups have existed throughout the history of the University of Kentucky. The difficulty of locating materials concerning these groups is due in part to the complete absence of them in the archives. The other part of this task comes from the language archivists have used to describe the materials. To remedy this issue, the positionality of the archivist must be representative of the materials being added to the archives. Collaborative methods between past and present students and university archivists will create a more holistic history of these types of organizations. This research will emphasize the need to push participatory methods to get minority individuals and groups to contribute their stories through their voices to university archives and establish their role in university history.

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