Archival Science

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 453–472 | Cite as

Interference Archive: a free space for social movement culture

  • Alycia Sellie
  • Jesse Goldstein
  • Molly Fair
  • Jennifer Hoyer
Original Paper


This paper discusses activist archives within the context of community archives and the practices of archiving activism. Interference Archive (IA), a volunteer-run independent archive in Brooklyn, New York, is presented as one example of an activist archive. We explain the manner in which IA functions as a transmovement and prefigurative “free space” under Francis Poletta’s typology of movement spaces. Through this explanation, we illustrate how the structures of free spaces can help us understand the way activist archives forge connections between communities and the ways that they create new networks of solidarity through the archival process.


Social movements Activism Free space Community archives Independent archives Activist archives Social movement culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alycia Sellie
    • 1
  • Jesse Goldstein
    • 2
  • Molly Fair
    • 3
  • Jennifer Hoyer
    • 4
  1. 1.Acquisitions and Electronic Resources LibrarianCUNY Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3.Interference ArchiveBrooklynUSA
  4. 4.ARTstorNew YorkUSA

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