On the subway yesterday, I noticed that a woman standing near me was prominently wearing an "Occupy" button. "Occupy" buttons, T-shirts, fliers, signs, posters, and other emblems of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement are becoming highly sought-after items for a growing number of people and institutions.
A woman at Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, October 2011.
photograph taken by the author of this blog
Many institutions - among them, libraries, museums, and historical societies - are actively archiving materials from the grassroots movement. One of these institutions is Queens College's Rosenthal Library, which has been gathering materials for its OWS archive since last November. It is also amassing the oral histories of occupiers. For more details on what Rosenthal Library is doing to preserve OWS history, see the Knight News article below.
The Knight News * January 29, 2012
Preserving OWS History
Part of the Queens College Rosenthal Library's Occupy Wall Street archive.
Photo: Monica Palermo
By Monica Palermo