At Archive Secrets we uncover tales, stories and gems from some of the world’s most intriguing, unknown and previously hidden archives. We celebrate archivists and shed light on their varied and unique missions. By telling their stories we reveal the buried power of archives … Because every archive has amazing stories to tell. ArchiveSecrets
The Secret Life of Ernest Withers | Preston Lauterbach
In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that informed Withers’ seeming betrayal of the people he photographed. Withers traversed disparate worlds, from Black Power meetings to raucous Memphis nightclubs where Elvis brushed shoulders with B.B. King. He had a gift for capturing both dramatic historic moments and...
Don’t Bully a Pop Singer I Stephanie Lombardo
Experiencing The Velvet Underground, getting bullied for who you love and drawing outside the lines. Self-proclaimed lover of pop music, radio host and singer, Stephanie Lombardo, discusses how to weave a creative swath through a judgemental world. And, it starts by getting out of bed.
The Underbelly of Cuba | David Ariosto
Capitalism, socialism, the assassination of JFK and Roberto … the spy. Let David Ariosto take you inside the secret world of Cuba. It’s a magical and misunderstood culture that engulfs David. This is his story. This is Cuba. https://www.davidariosto.com/
The Making Of A Hero | John Hollis
Why would a young African-American with a beautiful wife and two infant children eagerly awaiting his return from Vietnam commit such a courageous, yet sacrificial act for Marines he barely knew? And, for a country that treated him like a second-class citizen? This question has haunted those who stood closest to him at that critical...
Photo Security and Surfing | Chris Bickford
Chris Bickford takes us deep inside the swells of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Meet surfing legends, a drill instructor from Blackwater, and learn how a stolen photo takes on an unintended transformational identity. The NYTimes called it a “book of fantastical images that make you feel as if you are in the tumult of the...
The Jackie Robinson of Classical Music | Adrienne Harling
Charles Burrell broke the color barrier in both Classical Music and Jazz. So why have so few ever heard his story? Adrienne Harling, an archivist from the San Francisco Symphony, uncovers his story from inside the archive. More here: https://www.sfsymphony.org/ Berg Violin Concerto & Mahler Symphony 5