About the Center for Communal Studies
The Center for Communal Studies was established in 1972 to collect, preserve and continue the scholarship of historical communal organizations. In the course of discovering the identities and lives of early historical groups, Dr. Pitzer, founder of the Center, began to meet and work with contemporary groups. Although his focus was more historical, he began to build relationships with modern groups from the Hutterites to The Farm, to Alpha Farm. As he traveled, he also began to collect materials and communities sent newsletters, minutes, photographs, and other materials. The University Archives and Special Collection agreed to keep, organize, and continue to develop materials about communal and intentional communities around the world.
Today, both organizations are focusing on contemporary societies from the 20th and 21st Centuries. The mission is to collect and serve as not just a repository, but a resource center for individuals or groups interested in learning from others about building communities. I am hoping to meet with many groups in California. I am hoping to open a dialogue about what the Center can do for communities, and what communities can do for the archives.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004
Fee: Open and free event.
Reservations Recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org or 213/738-1254
Feel free to bring snacks to share.
About Jennifer Greene
Jennifer Greene is the University Archivist at the David L. Rice Library, University of Southern Indiana. She has been with the University for 11 years as a full time archives librarian and worked for two years at the Center for Communal Studies. She received a MLS from Indiana University in 2008 as well as completing a MLAS from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009. She is currently working on expanding online access to collections through digital galleries and finding aids. She is an adjunct in the History Department at USI. She teaches archives, Indiana History, and communal studies courses.