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With the support of the Society of American Archivists’ International Archival Affairs Roundtable (IAART) and Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable (LACCHA) , Itinerant Archivists is a grassroots, self-funded effort by U.S.-based archivists to engage and build international awareness and service orientation through travel, service projects, and bilateral exchange of expertise.

What are the details of the inaugural trip to Ecuador?

This trip will include visits to Ecuador’s capital Quito and the remote rural highland region of Cañar. In Quito we’ll visit archives like the Archivo Metropolitano de Historia (historical archives of the city of Quito), the Archivo Biblioteca Aurelio Espinosa Pólit (run by the Jesuits since 1929), the Archivo Biblioteca de la Función Legislativa (Ecuador’s Library of Congress), the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador (National Archives of Ecuador), and the Archivo Universidad Central del Ecuador (an academic library and archive). And to experience a different side of archives in Ecuador, we’ll then travel to Cañar where we’ll meet with community activist Judy Blankenship and engage with her work to establish an Archivo Fotográfico y Cultural de Cañar to preserve their cultural history and make it accessible to the local community. More than just a tour of these locations, the trip will also provide an opportunity for professional service through a workshop with archivists in Quito, and preservation, processing, and digitization work for the community in Cañar.