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Mel Starkman Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto

Geoffrey Reaume. Critical Disability Studies, York University, & Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto

Mad Archivists and Mad People’s History: Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto

This presentation will discuss efforts to document mad people’s history by focusing on the work of the Psychiatric Survivor Archives,Toronto (PSAT).  Founded in 2001, PSAT’s efforts to preserve our community’s international history will be discussed in regard to examples from our collection, the importance of community building through historical preservation, sustaining and maintaining the collection and problems encountered along the way.  The support of psychiatric survivors, community partners and donors from far afield will be noted as being of crucial importance in supporting the work of mad archivists and preserving mad people’s history for posterity.

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