JESSICA C. NEAL
Jessica C. Neal (Jes) is a Black, queer, millennial archivist, memory worker, and creative from Mobile, Al. She received her B.A. in African World Studies from Dillard University and her M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she is the Sterling A. Brown Archivist at Williams College and an archival consultant at Hampshire College. In addition to her work in academia, Jes has centered her career and research on building frameworks around the ethics and access of documentation that focus on Black literary history and culture, art, Black led-social movements, and liberation throughout the Diaspora, with a specific emphasis on the Black American experience. By applying tenants of the Black intellectual tradition, her work seeks to identify alternative and inclusive entry points for marginalized and underrepresented groups by bringing a descriptive, corrective, and prescriptive focus to countering traditional archival practices. She is committed to partnering with communities of color to recover, document, and maintain autonomy over the archival practices in which their narratives are preserved and accessed, particularly through the oral history tradition and in digital environments.
In addition to rendering the history of communities within the African Diaspora, Jes is passionate about documenting student and community led action toward social justice, organizing, and protest. At present she embodies this passion as a Community Workshop Trainer with Documenting the Now. With diverse industry experience, Jes has worked in GLAMs, historical societies, federal government, and the private sector as an archivist and records manager. In addition to her her archival and community work, Jes is also the Records Manager Program Assistant at MIT.
Micha Broadnax is an archivist currently residing on the land once occupied by Nonotuck people. Informed by Black feminist imaginations, Micha entered the library profession interested in the ways archiving could serve as a practice of self-care, as well as the potential praxis of community building through archival spaces. Micha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brandeis University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons University. With a wealth of experience improving access to information in academic, research, corporate, and government libraries and archives, Micha serves as the Digital Projects Archivist at Mount Holyoke College and Project Manager for the Black Teacher Archives.
Entrenched in queer and students of color activism, she has strengthened relationships and strategies for collaboration between students and institutional archives at Emerson College, Harvard Law School, Brandeis University, and Mount Holyoke College. In acknowledgement of the limits of the academy, Micha invests in opportunities that center collective memory, documentation and knowledge retention in movement organizing and legacy making. In accordance with these values, Micha serves as a community workshop trainer with Documenting the Now. She is also an archivist and researcher for the personal collection of legal and policy scholar Professor Anita F. Hill.