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Densho Digital Repository: Preserving Community Memory

Tuesday, 4/26/2018
1:00-2:00pm CT
Cost: Free

Densho is a grassroots organization with a mission to preserve the stories of the Japanese American experience during World War II and to educate, collaborate, and inspire action for equity.

Densho has over 20 years of experience recording oral histories and digitizing the archival record of the Japanese American community. During this webinar we will discuss our origins as a community-based cultural heritage organization preserving the stories of those who lived through the World War II incarceration. We will also go over lessons learned, our commitment to access and usability, and how our strong relationships within the community have strengthened our organization and programs.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of the unique characteristics of community archives and how they differ from other types of repositories.
  • An awareness of the major decisions that should be taken into account when establishing a community archives.
  • An understanding of the importance of working with the community and keeping an open mind to the ways in which their history should be preserved.

Who Should Attend

This Preservation Week webinar is intended for library, archives, and museum professionals, as well as individuals working with or planning to build community or local history collections.


Geoff Froh is Densho’s Deputy Director. Though trained as a social scientist, Geoff has over two decades of experience developing technology and information management strategies for a variety of for-profit and non-profit ventures, ranging from small think-tanks and startups to the Department of State, the Adobe Corporation and his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Most recently, Geoff served as the Chief Information Officer of Health Alliance International, an NGO engaged in global health work. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area, Geoff has a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia and an MS in Information Management from the University of Washington.

Sara Beckman is a Digitization Technician at Densho. She graduated from Indiana State University with a BS in History and from University of Washington with a Masters in Library and Information Science. She moved to the Seattle area in 2010 and loves her adopted home. Sara knew almost nothing about Japanese American incarceration upon joining Densho as an intern in 2015. Now she hopes to help spread awareness to the wider public with her work on the Densho Digital Repository.  Before joining the staff at Densho, she interned with several other digital archives, including Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, The Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, The South Asian American Digital Archive, and The Early Seattle Theatre History Project.

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