Ricky is an assistant professor of archival studies at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. He recently completed a PhD in Information, with a focus on archival studies, at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2012, and he also holds two graduate certificates: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Museum Studies. Ricky previously held a post as an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of the Philippines (Diliman).
Archives and Memory
Ricky’s research focuses on the intersection between archives, communities and collective memory, as well as virtual reunification and visual archives. He has been particularly active internationally with many community archives. In May and June 2009, he worked in Techiman, Ghana, to establish the archives of the traditional council and studied the impact of placing this archival unit within a proposed community heritage center. From 2005 to 2006, he established an archives at and curated a new museum exhibit in Culion, a former leprosarium in the Philippines. He subsequently studied how these institutions featured in the community’s centennial celebrations.
Ricky’s current research, based on his dissertation work, analyzes the challenges of virtual reunification as a strategy to assemble dispersed photographic collections. His dissertation research was a case study of ethnographic photographs of indigenous Filipinos taken by Dean C. Worcester, a colonial administrator in the U.S. Philippines from 1899 to 1913. These images were taken in a colonial context and a world of scholarly ethnology very different from today, and virtual reunification offers a way to trace the historical diffusion of these photographs since the Worcester images are currently spread across at least ten heritage repositories. Ricky’s current research traces the lineage of efforts to unify the Worcester photographs since the 1970s, particularly the ethics and issues involved in recent projects to plan a multi-institutional, cooperative digital project that will offer comprehensive access to the Worcester collections.