As a past president, Giovanni Hosang initiated the donation of SOCA’s records to SFU Archives. “We saw the importance of keeping and recording our archives during our battle for student space for Black students on campus,” says Hosang. “We had to look back at past records through the Peak archives and some of the SFU archives to prove our historical presence and saw documentation that was valuable for the campaign, but the amount of information was nowhere near enough, and a lot of the history was missed. So we made the concerted effort to ensure these records are captured for future generations.”
The records donated by SOCA include meeting minutes, correspondence, event records, promotional and outreach material such as posters and brochures, and records documenting the group’s various campaigns. Of note, all of the material donated was in digital format, including photographs, PDFs, and PowerPoint presentations. With the recent development of a tool called SFU MoveIt, users can transfer digital files remotely to the Archives, where they are preserved for the long term using Archivematica software.