Sixty Inches From Center and The Blackivists present Archiving 101 with archivist Skyla Hearn. This workshop is for anyone interested in creating an archive and will cover the physical and intellectual labor of documenting, collecting, and preserving analog and digital materials.

By the end of the workshop, you will know:

  • Core archiving vocabulary and concepts
  • Basic principles of copyright and ownership
  • Best practices to care for personal, family, and community materials

Following Skyla’s presentation, there will be time for Q&A where attendees can ask questions, address specific concerns, and receive support.

Registration is free and open to all ages, experience levels, and interest areas. ASL and live-captioning will be provided.

This workshop is part of Diamond in the Back, a community archiving partnership between Sixty Inches From Center, The Blackivists, and a cohort of local individuals and groups to amplify, celebrate, and preserve the histories and living legacies of Black Chicago.

Have questions? Contact The Blackivists at


About the instructor:

Skyla Hearn (she/her) is the Manager of Archives for Cook County. As an activist archivist, she strives to highlight the unsung contributions of African Americans and those not of the hegemony by providing support to and encouraging those interested in preserving family, community, and social justice-oriented narratives. Skyla earned her Bachelor of Art in Mass Communications and Media Arts, Cinema and Photography specialization with a minor in Black American Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Master of Library and Information Science with a certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.