“Since our stuff is unusual, imagining it being categorized by anyone without a history with the Institute is impossible,” Marge Philbrook once remarked on her work on the ICA Global Archives project. In the early 1990s, Marge and Phil Philbrook began volunteering their days off to work on the vast collection of archival material stored in the basement of ICA GreenRise. They moved into the building in 1995.
Phil completed his life in 1999. Marge continued to live at ICA GreenRise and dedicated herself to working in the Archives. She was instrumental in modernizing the work, from taking an online course in archiving and leading efforts to digitize the collections to helping found the Archives Advisory Committee and launch the twice annual Sojourns.
Marge was part of the group that formally created the Global Archives Project in 2009. The group wrote: “Some of this interest has been born out of nostalgia, which is a very human response and therefore very understandable. However, beyond the desire to preserve the past, the demands of the world are calling us to use our wisdom to help create solutions to the current needs of the planet.”
Below is a message from Marge's family and an invitation to attend a virtual memorial service. Please register if you would like to attend the Memorial Celebration.
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