New Web Archives from Columbia University Libraries and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation

Columbia University Libraries and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation are pleased to provide an update on new web archives, curated by Libraries staff over the past several years:

  • The Indian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Movements Web Archive documents the widespread social justice movements and anti-CAA organizations to support them, as well as the allied movements mobilizing women and students with them, including groups of freedom fighters, oppressed castes, transgender people, and other marginalized communities.
  • The Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive collects websites belonging to established, physical archives and learned archival societies located in the Greater China region and archival projects from or about the Greater China region.
A screen capture of 澳门档案馆 (Archives of Macao) which “collects, processes, preserves, and protects archival resources of historical value and makes them accessible to the public” in Macau. “The Archive maintains custody of over 60,000 files, 70,000 images, and 10,000 publications,” with the earliest document dating back to the year 1630.
Screenshot from Zero Hour, a student-led group that centers “the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate change and environmental justice.”
  • The South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.
  • The Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive documents regional, social responses to the pandemic, which are critical in understanding the scope of the pandemic’s humanitarian, socioeconomic, and cultural impact.
  • The Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive preserves and provides access to a broad range of websites related to the Cuban 27N Movement initiated in November 2020 by protesters in Havana, Cuba, demanding freedom of expression and other civil rights.

    A screenshot from Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos, a project supported by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, illustrating the number of ’27N’ demonstrations in December 2020.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research. Learn more about the program and explore the collections here.

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