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Friedel, Megan K.

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  • My research primarily explores the photographic history of the nineteenth-century American West frontier in unpublished archival sources. In particular, I focus on issues of White supremacy, racism, and colonialism in photographs of Indigenous communities that were taken by White photographers employed by the federal government in the Pacific Northwest. I also work on projects that explore the intersection of social justice, radical empathy, and archival practice. Recent published works and works in progress on these topics include a case study for how archives can support socially engaged art, modeled on CU Boulder's Los Seis de Boulder Sculpture Project; a co-authored training module (book-length manuscript) for archivists who wish to re-examine privacy and access issues in archives, in order to better serve under-represented communities; and a case study on how archival practice has occluded historical scholarship and public understanding of the cultural history of individuals living with Down Syndrome.


  • archives management, photographic history of the American west, Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x history in Colorado, diversity equity and inclusiveness in archives, social justice in archives, disability in archives, Down Syndrome, privacy and confidentiality in archives


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