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Echoes of Seema Weatherwax: History, Sound, and Creative Practice in the Archive

Echoes of Seema Weatherwax: History, Sound, and Creative Practice in the Archive

Related LibGuide: Special Collections & Archives by Jessica Pigza

Monday, May 3, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Presentation   Special Collections & Archives  

The University Library’s Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) is pleased to present Echoes of Seema Weatherwax: History, Sound, and Creative Practice in the Archive

This program will celebrate the recently processed audio archive of the Sara Halprin Interviews of Seema Weatherwax. Brock Stuessi, a former CART Fellow who processed this archive, will be joined by scholar Michael J. Kramer to discuss the unique opportunities of working with sound archives and the ways that the recorded words of Santa Cruz photographer and activist Seema Weatherwax -- who worked with the Weston family, Ansel Adams, and other notable photographers during her artistic career, and who was married to writer and political activist Jack Weatherwax -- give voice both to the historical value of everyday life and to her important legacy of activism and art.

Moderated by Alix Norton, Archivist for the Center for Archival Research & Training (CART)

Hosted by  Special Collections & Archives, The University Library

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Brock Stuessi is a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Cruz. As a CART Fellow, in the fall of 2020, he completed a project describing and inventorying the Sara Halprin Interviews of Seema Weatherwax to make them more broadly accessible for research. Halprin was a writer and filmmaker who wrote a biography of photographer Seema Weatherwax entitled Seema's Show: A Life on the Left (2005). In addition to writing a detailed collection guide, Stuessi created a digital exhibit titled Echoes of Seema that features six creative audio collages of the Weatherwax interviews, Stuessi’s own musical compositions, and field recordings from Santa Cruz and Yosemite.


Michael J. Kramer is an assistant professor of US, public, and digital history at SUNY Brockport who works at the interdisciplinary intersection of historical scholarship, cultural criticism, the arts, civic engagement, and digital technology. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture, and he is currently working on a digital public history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival and writing a book about technology and tradition in the US folk music movement, This Machine Kills Fascists: What the Folk Music Revival Can Teach Us About the Digital Age. His cultural criticism can be found at CultureRover.net and more about his work can be found at michaeljkramer.net(photograph of Prof. Kramer: Jill Brazel)