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The literature on disability in the archives considers both issues of accessibility for disabled researchers in the archives and the presence/absence of disability-related subjects in the archives. The histories of disabled people and other disability-related subjects can be found in many archives, but locating these materials can be challenging due to the ways that language around disability changes over time. Further, disability-related subjects are sometimes obscured by archival categorization systems that may recognize those subjects as "medical-related" but not as "disability-related." You can learn more about these and other challenges to researching disability in the archives by visiting our page "Disability in the Archives: An Introduction."
One way that the OSU Disability Archives seeks to make SCARC materials related to disability more readily accessible and visible is by identifying and consolidating existing collections of records and other OSU materials that discuss disability in a variety of ways. This includes materials that do not explicitly name disability or that use terminology for disability we would consider dated but are nevertheless discussing disability-related subjects. If you have suggestions for existing OSU records that should be listed on our "Collections and Records" page, please let us know!
The image on the right is from a 1984 Barometer article with a headline reading "Disabled OSU students desire access."
The existing materials in the DisArchives offer an abundance of possibilities for research projects. Below are just a few ideas for potential research topics related to these materials.