Centering Donor Consent Research Project

TITLE: Centering Donor Consent: Investigating Archival Donation Practices


This research study focuses on archival donation practices and the role archival forms play in interactions between archival donors and receiving archival institutions. The purpose of this study is to investigate how donors perceive donating archival materials and the role donor forms play in addressing issues of permissions or privacy. In particular, the study sought information from two distinct participant groups, community organizers and musicians, regarding their concerns over donating archival materials. Through focus group and individual interviews, the investigator collected data from the identified groups in an effort to gather donor perspectives and insights on archival creating, preserving, and donating processes of these groups. Research findings aim to better communicate and understand the challenges and limitations of archival donation practices and tools. Additionally findings discuss the implications current approaches and tools have on archival donor relationships in the archival field.

Research study was conducted from November 2017 to December 2018 with the support of the Archival Education and Research Initiative Emerging Archival Scholars Program (AERI
EASP) funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, RE-20-16-0110-16.

Carbajal, Itza A. “The Politics of Being an Archival Donor Defining the Affective Relationship Between Archival Donors and Archivists.” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3 (February 26, 2021).

Selected datasets available for viewing at:

+ Yes Means Yes, No Means No Unless It Means Maybe: Practical Guidance on Archival Donor Forms

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