MARAC - Spring 2021 Conference - Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and Archives

Starts:  Apr 12, 2021 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 16, 2021 5:00 PM (ET)
MARAC - Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and Archives

The Virtual Local Arrangements and Program Committees welcome MARAC to a completely online conference experience for spring 2021. The conference theme is “Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and Archives.” This program is based on the Spring 2020 Harrisonburg meeting, which was MARAC’s first conference cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 marked significant anniversaries of both the 15th (1870) and 19th (1920) Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments profoundly influenced individual voting rights, while leaving much unfinished civil rights and social justice work to be accomplished, continuing today. Sessions at this conference reflect the fact that many archival and cultural institutions commemorated these anniversaries in 2020, made accessible records related to voting rights and civil rights activism, and highlighted collections documenting American politics and society in this presidential election year.

Changing from our customary two-day conference format, the Programming and Local Arrangements committees have spread the meeting out over five half days, two taking place in the morning and three in the afternoon (Eastern Standard Time).  We hope this will make sessions available to the greatest possible number of colleagues, accommodating a variety of work schedules, caregiving situations, and the ever-present risk of “Zoom fatigue.”

In keeping with the virtual nature of the conference, the program is available exclusively online at Spring 2021 Conference Program.

MARAC's is pleased to offer significant savings in registration fees for the virtual conference!
MARAC Members: $5.00
Non-Members: $35.00
Community Support Registration: For those who are able, you may choose this higher registration rate in order to support the virtual conference and ongoing MARAC operations. $50.00

If you live in the MARAC region and you are a student, unemployed, or underemployed, MARAC is able to offer registration at no cost. Simply register online and follow the prompts to receive your complimentary registration. No proof is required, honor system only.