The Undocumented Archives recognizes the trauma of the border, both as a physical imposition proving treacherous for people that cross it, as well as psychological trap that castrates migrants of their culture, legacy and community. The project is a support process for facilitating immigrant families’ documentation of their own history, collected in the form of oral history and artifacts, organized into respective family archives. It invites a small cohort into a series of nodes introducing oral history, archival practice, and providing any support they may need to conduct this work.

Showcased are my own familial archives, including an excerpt from the oral history sessions with my dad, as well as the guidebooks that were made with Jessica Neal, archivist and collaborator, which helped guide workshops with our first cohort in spring 2021. Click to view / download.

Oral History Guide    //    Archiving Guide