Indigenous Edit-a-thon Fall 2021

Welcome to the Homepage for the SNAC Indigenous Edit-a-thon!



Monday, October 11, 2021 9AM-9PM(East coast time)(8AM Central/6AM Pacific/3AM Hawaiian- 8PM Central/6PM Pacific/3PM Hawaiian)

Tuesday October 12, 2021 9AM EDT-9PM(East coast time)(8AM Central/6AM Pacific/3AM Hawaiian- 8PM Central/6PM Pacific/3PM Hawaiian)


As a note, you will not be required to attend the whole day, keep in mind that hours are to accommodate those in different time zones. 


Watch the Indigenous Editathon Opening Video

Watch the Indigenous Editathon Closing Video



This SNAC edit-a-thon aims to improve discovery of Indigenous archival material that has been dispersed to multiple repositories, and to begin exploring best practices around entities in SNAC for Indigenous, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or First Nations individuals and Nations, as well as for colonial actors and institutions whose records hold relevance for Indigenous researchers. No prior experience participating in an edit-a-thon or working with the SNAC platform is required. 


This event requires previous registration, as it requires SNACSchool training. Registration is now closed, and our SNACSchool trainings are full. However, if you are already trained in SNACSchool and interested in participating please use the form below to contact us.


Goals of the edit-a-thon:

  1. Facilitate discovery of archival material that has been dispersed to multiple repositories, and connect related Indigenous, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or First Nations people
  2. Create more and fuller records for Indigenous people and their histories, and utilize decolonizing methodologies to create more accurate records
  3. Facilitate knowledge sharing of related archival material through a community effort
  4. Develop recommendations, protocols, and best practices for SNAC to better represent and accurately describe Indigenous records
  5. Community capacity-building through training more Indigenous editors of SNAC


We will be totally virtual, and available on the day via zoom!

Requirements of Participants: 

  1. Participants will need to attend SNACSchool and complete all associated work in order to become a full editor in SNAC
  2. Read the required readings prior to the edit-a-thon (see reading list below)
  3. Adhere to the code of conduct 
  4. Adhere to the style guide created and provided by the SNAC team
  5. Access to a computer
  6. Access to internet and ability to stream live video
  7. Basic English fluency


Code of Conduct: 

The following outlines the code of conduct for all participants involved in the edit-a-thon. We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure that everyone has a safe and successful experience. 

  • Exercise consideration of other participants, understanding that they may have different boundaries, perspectives and ideas than you, being aware of your own positionality.
  • Consider other participants when making comments or statements about sensitive topics, speak from your own experiences, utilizing “I” statements. Assume that everyone is coming from a place of good intentions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech, including considerations for the language you use to others and in texts you write during the edit-a-thon.
  • Follow the best practices of editing SNAC as outlined in the SNACSchool training
  • Listen and remain open to feedback and other ways of thinking. When giving feedback, come from a place of collegiality, consideration, and respect for others.
  • Feel free to remove yourself from the space if you need a break, or things get intense. If someone is acting in a way that is harmful to you please contact a member of the project team.
  • Report any incidences or information that may be culturally sensitive or otherwise inappropriate as outlined in the protocols. 
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed, whether it be for help with SNAC, or help from the project team or other participants. 
  • Please refer to our Indigenous SNAC Style Guide when editing and drafting text in SNAC.


Reading List: 

We are asking that all participants read the following: 

We also have a reading list for anyone who is interested in articles related to the edit-a-thon, Indigenous scholarship or Archives and Museum work.

Content Caution/Warning:

Please visit the link here, to see our statement of content caution and potential warning for materials on the SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) platform. 


Protocols for Reporting Culturally Sensitive, Offensive or Private Information for the SNAC Edit-a-thon:

Follow the link here to see the protocols the project team has created in order to standardize how to engage with culturally sensitive materials or information. These protocols exist in the case that you come across information, objects, documents, images, or other materials that are culturally sensitive, private, related to burials, may be culturally appropriated, or are attributed to the incorrect community. 


Project Team:

The project is being collaboratively organized by Lydia Curliss (University of Maryland iSchool), Irene Gates (New School), Dina Herbert (NARA), Diana Marsh (University of Maryland iSchool), Katherine Meyers Satriano (Peabody Museum at Harvard), and Jerry Simmons (NARA), in partnership with an Indigenous Advisory Board comprised of Marge Bruchac (University of Pennsylvania), Stephen Curley (National Native American Boarding School Coalition), Taylor Gibson (Gāhsronih); Eric Hemenway (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), Keahiahi Long (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), and Melissa Stoner (University of California at Berkeley).


Contact Us!

If you have any questions about this event please fill out this form and we will contact you. For SNACSchool specific questions please feel free to email Jerry Simmons ( or Dina Herbert (