Metz Elementary School Archive

This project is ongoing.

This project, which was started in the class titled LAH350 Archival Advocacy during 2020-21, partnered with community members from a local Austin elementary school to build an online digital archive of their school's history. This school closed in May 2021 due to Austin Independent School District's consolidation policies, but the archive is soliciting new contributions of items to digitize and catalog until the end of 2021. This ongoing project will maintain this archive, add new items to it, refine the stored images, metadata, and exhibits already on the site and develop and execute a longevity plan that may include transferring collections to the Austin History Center or Texas ScholarWorks.


Seeking students interested in Community Archiving, Social Justice practices, and learning how to use and other online content management systems. No prior experience with archives or online archives is required, but would be a benefit.

Project Timeline

Work will commence in September 2021 and continue through at least May 2021.


Student research assistants will need to learn how to use the easy-to-use Omeka platform, meet with Dr. Lang regularly, and do some background reading on the project and on community archiving projects and ethics.

Please set up a meeting with me to discuss how you might participate on your schedule!

Typical Time Commitment
6 hours/week
Desired Length of Commitment
1-2 semesters


The Office of Undergraduate Research recommends that you attend an info session or advising before contacting faculty members or project contacts about research opportunities. We'll cover the steps to get involved, tips for contacting faculty, funding possibilities, and options for course credit. Once you have attended an Office of Undergraduate Research info session or spoken to an advisor, you can use the "Who to contact" details for this project to get in touch with the project leader and express your interest in getting involved.

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