Welcome to Artifacts of Activism, Resistance, and Life in Delaware (AARLD), a digital catalog of artifacts that illuminates histories of people of color in Delaware and aims to inspire new antiracist historical research. Antiracist practice can involve both acknowledging systemic racism as well as the varied and complex historical experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). As a result, you can explore our item set "Reasons for Resistance" to learn just how deep the history of racism runs in Delaware, but we have deliberately emphasized objects that highlight the power of BIPOC individuals and communities to advocate, resist, and live in the state of Delaware.
This catalog does not include every artifact related to the broad categories of race and racism in Delaware. Instead, it is a typology that groups representative artifacts into thematic item sets related to promising areas for antiracist research. Links to those sets are below, and each individual item illustrates how a certain type of artifact can help us better understand histories of race and racism.
AARLD was created by the University of Delaware’s Spring 2021 Museum Studies 401/601 class in association with the University of Delaware Antiracism Initiative (UDARI).
Because many of the items in this catalog bear connections to histories of racism in Delaware, some may be harmful or traumatic to view. AARLD aligns with DPLA's statement on harmful content.
Each AARLD catalog entry contains key metadata, searchable in the top right corner of this page, including an explanation of the rationale for its inclusion in the catalog. Items have been gathered from several digitized repositories inside and outside the state of Delaware. If you know of an artifact type not currently included, or have additional information on an item you see here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries include links to the holding institution's original digital records and information about rights for reusing them. We subscribe to rights statement standards for cultural institutions developed by rightsstatements.org.