As collecting institutions (archives, libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, etc.), whose stories are we listening to? What voices are represented in our holdings? What materials and formats are we collecting to reflect various histories? What are we doing to build, maintain, and strengthen trusting, reciprocal relationships with community partners?

How often do we ask: what are the silences within our collections and what are the reasons these silences exist in the first place? Most importantly, how do we give voice to those silences?

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) with support from New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), has embarked on a multi-year research project with the end goal of developing a plan for the state of New York that will provide collecting institutions and individuals with guidance on collection, preservation, and access of identified under-documented areas and how to connect them with local, regional and statewide resources. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! This survey is the first step to identify community partnerships that currently exist or can be developed, and gather information about areas that are missing or under-represented in the New York State Archives. After gathering the results of this survey, we will be reaching out to communities across New York State through regional meetings, social media, and existing partnerships to ask: How do you want to see the stories of your community and organization reflected in New York State collections? 

We estimate this it will take 15 minutes to complete this 9 question survey. Please respond by January 18, 2019.

In addition, if you know of anyone or any group in your community that have collections of cultural or historical significance, we ask that you please share this survey with them!

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