The Punk Archive is a nonprofit, national effort to capture, curate and celebrate the art, stories and cultural impact of the creative underground by fusing emerging technologies, collective memory and DIY practices.

Welcome to a work in progress. 

This is a collaborative, evolving experiment in documenting and preserving the creative and social history of American Punk, by and for the people and places that defined it. 

The PAI is grounded in the idea that creative countercultures - like Punk - are American folk practices, rooted in, and reflective of, the social and cultural life of a community. Through research, publishing and hands-on support and DIY tools and guides, we support the physical preservation, digitization and cataloguing of a huge range of cultural product and creative media - photographs, board tapes, silk screens, flyers - and personal memories in journals, letters, and other pre-digital formats. Most importantly, we seek out and support fragile media and memories - the recorded and living cultural archive of Punk


Over time, our platforms, archival publishing, live events and public programs will work to create a connected, crowdsourced story that traces American Punk's complex, complicated history; sheds light on its creative and cultural impacts; identifies and locates its critical art and objects, and captures the voices and diverse perspectives of the people who can tell its story


Where Next? 

We invite you to dive into the BIG IDEA behind our work, check out our current PROJECTS, learn about the SERVICES we provide - and find out how you can SHARE resources, ideas and your stories. 


the tl;dr

The elevator version: 

We help people archive their stuff.


Especially things that are on tape or film and other outdated formats. 

Even more importantly, we also get the stories behind the stuff through interviews and conversations with the artists and audiences.

We put digital copies of the stories and the stuff the Cloud so people can look at it, and add their own stories to it.

If it's really cool stuff, we make books, tv shows and movies with it.

If people want to, we help them license their work. If they want to sell it, we help with that, too. 

If it is stuff that needs rescuing, we try to rescue it. If it needs a home, we give it a home.  

When people want to give us stuff, we take it; one day, we're going to have a public space for all of it.