Photo copyright Janette Beckman Courtesy of Fahey Klein Gallery

DOCUMENTING HISTORY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD II: A SYMPOSIUM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARCHIVING & PRESERVING HIP-HOP CULTURE is a two-day interdisciplinary forum that seeks to explore the process of documenting and preserving Hip-Hop’s history. The program will include presentations from archivists, curators, collectors, educators, and scholars representing educational, cultural, and preservation institutions, for-profit and non-profit community organizations/enterprises, and government agencies. The presenters and moderators are leaders who are shaping the field and developing innovative preservation, documentation, education and community outreach projects with the goal of ensuring the survival of Hip-Hop’s collections and archives. 

The first iteration of Documenting History in Your Own Backyard took place on October 19, 2012, at The Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY, presented collaboratively by the Hip-Hop Education Center, The Schomburg Center, Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection, and The Smithsonian Archives Center in the National Museum of American History. It was the first symposium dedicated to advancing organizational and outreach strategies around hip-hop’s preservation and informing the community about hip-hop archives and their critical importance.

The expected outcomes for this Symposium include:

  • Learning – we will create a safe space for dialogue, sharing ideas, asking questions, exploring best practices and learning from each other 
  • Survey – we will conduct a research scan and assessment of current collecting initiatives and activities in the field
  • Document – we will document the content of the Symposium 
  • Distribute – we will share this information with Symposium participants, with the eventual goal of creating an open public web resource and/or print publication that will offer tools and best practices 

Discussion prompts and presentations will include:

  • Preserving Hip-Hop’s History in Libraries, Museums and Archives: What Collectors & Creators need to know
  • Memories At-Risk: Breaking Down The Archiving Process
  • Curating the Elements: Independent Collectors, Scholars, and Artists
  • Regional Hip-Hop Collecting Initiatives: Achievements and Challenges 
  • Documenting Hip-Hop Through Photography
  • Connecting the Community to Archives, Taking Archives to the Community
  • Archival Arts and Education Projects

This event is being photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Hip Hop Education Center, Universal Hip Hop Museum, New York University Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, and Cornel University Hip Hop Collection.

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Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd 
New York, NY 10037

Directions by Subway

Take the 2/3 Train to 135th Street in Manhattan

6:00 PM -7:00 PM – Networking Reception

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Welcoming Remarks and Panel Discussion – Shola Lynch – Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Divisions at the Schomburg Center, Dr. Khalil Muhammad – Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studieand Martha Diaz – Founding Director, Hip Hop Education Center and Education Committee Chair and Associate Curator and Archivist at the Universal Hip Hop Museum

8:00- 9:00 PM | Movie Screening: Young Schomburg, a documentary short about Syreeta Gates’ mission to archive hip hop journalism. Through an unprecedented collection of interviews with key hip-hop leaders, it digs deep into the emotional rollercoaster behind the making and archiving of the world’s most influential pop culture phenomenon.

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Talkback with Director and Archivist Syreeta Gates



New York University – Metro Tech Campus
370 Jay Street, Room 202
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Directions by Subway:

By Subway

A C F R train to Jay Street MetroTech

2 3 4 5 train to Borough Hall 

Q B train to Dekalb Avenue

9:00 – 10:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

10:00 -10:10 AM Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Juana Suarez – Associate Arts Professor, Cinema Studies and Director of New York University Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program

10:10 – 10:15 AM Introduction to the program activities and participants 

10:15 -11:15 AM Preserving Hip-Hop’s History in Libraries, Museums, and Archives: What Collectors/Creators need to know


Adam Silverstein – Director of Museum Collections and Archives, Universal Hip-Hop Museum – Bronx, New York

Katherine Reagan – Cornell University Hip Hop Collection / Assistant Director for Collections & Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts – Cornell University

Nicholas Fahey – Photographer, Curator, Publisher, and Co-Owner, Fahey / Klein Gallery

MODERATED by Martha Diaz – Founding Director, Hip Hop Education Center and Education Committee Chair and Associate Curator and Archivist at the Universal Hip Hop Museum

11:15 AM – 12 PM Memories At-Risk: Breaking Down The Archiving Process


Kelly Haydon – XFR Collective / Audiovisual Archivist – New York University Libraries

Tanisha Jones – Director, Moving Image Archive – New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

MODERATED by Dr. Juana Suarez – Associate Arts Professor, Cinema Studies and Director of New York University Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Regional Hip-Hop Collecting Initiatives: Achievements and Challenges


Pacey Foster – Founder, Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and Associate Professor in Management at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Holly Hobbs – Founder, NOLA Hip-Hop Archives at the Amistad Research Center – New Orleans, Louisana

Dr. Mark Campbell – DJ, Curator. Founder, Northside Hip Hop Archive, and Assistant Professor of Music and Culture at the University of Toronto – Scarborough, Canada

Alan Ket – Founder, Museum of Graffiti – Miami, Florida

Frederik Hahn aka Torch – MC/DJ, Producer / Founder, Heidelberg Hip Hop Archives – Germany

MODERATED by Dr. Murray Forman – Assistant Professor of Communication Studies – Northeastern University – Boston, Massachusetts

1:00 – 1:45 PM Lunch 

1:45 – 2:45 PM Documenting Hip-Hop Through Photography


Janette Beckman – Documentary Photographer / The Mash-Up

Bwette Daniel Gilbert – Uganda Hip-Hop Archives

Koi Sojer – Snap’N U Photos

Joe Conzo – Documentary Photographer / Born in the Bronx

Terrence Jennings – Documentary Photographer / Urban Eye Photo / Visually Speaking

MODERATED by Vikki Tobak – Cultural Journalist / Contact High

2:45 – 3:45 PM Preserving and Curating the Elements: Independent Collectors, Scholars, and Artists


Syreeta Gates – Young Schomburg Director and Archivist / NYU MIAP Graduate Student

Roger Gastman – Documentarian and Curator, Beyond The Streets – Los Angeles and New York

PopMaster Fabel – Adjunct Professor, Experimental Theater Wing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and Artist-Scholar-In-Residence at the Universal Hip Hop Museum

Patrick Denard Douthit aka 9th Wonder – DJ / Producer / Professor – North Carolina Central University, Duke University and Harvard University

Paradise Gray – Chief Curator – Universal Hip-Hop Museum

MODERATED by Dan Charnas – Associate Arts Professor – Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

3:45 – 4:45 PM Connecting the Community to Archives, Taking Archives to the Community


Ralph McDaniels – Filmmaker / Video Music Box Collection / Curator, Queens Library

Ben Ortiz – Assistant Curator – Cornell University Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University

Julie Grob – Librarian and Coordinator for Instruction, Houston Hip Hop Research Collection at the University of Houston

Timothy Anne Burnside – Museum Specialist – African American History Museum – Smithsonian Institution

MODERATED by Dr. Sohail Daulatzai – Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, African American Studies, and Global Middle East Studies – University of California, Irvine

4:45 – 5:45 – Archival Arts and Education Projects:


Dr. Joycelyn Wilson – Founder of Four Four Beat Project and Assistant Professor of Black Media Studies and Educational Anthropologist – Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tahir Hemphill – Founder of Rap Research Lab and The Harisios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress

Ben Caldwell – Arts educator, Independent Filmmaker and Founder of Kaos Network and Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier – Associate Professor of Communication; Director of the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) – University of Southern California 

Pablo Herrera – Hearing Afro-Cuban Rap Project – University of St. Andrews, Scotland

5:45 – 6:00 PM Recap + Discussion of Next Steps: General Discussion

6:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Rocky Bucano – Executive Director, Universal Hip-Hop Museum – Bronx, New York

6:30 PM Closing Remarks 

8 PM – 12 PM Private Tour of [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Exhibit and Closing Reception at the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, NY

Exhibit Location:

Bronx Terminal Market
610 Exterior St Bronx
New York 10451

Directions by Subway

Take 2, 4, or 5 trains. All trains stop at 149 Street and Grand Concourse. Walk three blocks West to River Avenue. Walk North on River Avenue. Bronx Terminal Market is on your left. OR: Take B, D, or 4 trains. All trains stop at 161st-Yankee Stadium. Walk South on River Avenue to 151st Street. Bronx Terminal Market is on your right.


[R]EVOLUTION OF HIP HOP EXHIBIT – Universal Hip Hop Museum

CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop – International Center of Photography

HUSH TOURS – Hip Hop Bus tour



Where can I get my free tickets?

You must RSVP on Eventbrite at:

Do I need an ID to enter the event?

You must have a valid picture ID to enter the building.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Martha Diaz at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring a printed ticket but a digital ticket is preferred.



The Hip-Hop Education Center is a community-building organization catalyzing social change and equity by influencing the field of education to be more inclusive and culturally responsive to students through research, archiving and preserving hip hop culture, professional development, and leadership building. 



The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture to inspire, empower, and promote understanding.



The Master of Arts degree program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) is a two-year, interdisciplinary course of study that trains future professionals to manage and preserve collections of film, video, digital, and multimedia works. MIAP is situated within New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies, part of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television in the acclaimed Tisch School of the Arts.



The mission of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection is to collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for future generations.