Local Currency Archives
The only collection of its kind in North America, the Local Currency Archives contain a wide variety of materials gathered from over fifty different alternative currency projects around the globe. The collection represents the work of hundreds of community activists and leaders in the field such as Paul Glover of Ithaca HOURS and Thomas Greco of Tucson Traders. An invaluable tool for both researchers and citizen activists, the LC Archives make possible the comparative study of various currency models such as TimeBanking, barter systems, and HOURS. Perhaps most importantly, the internal documents, newsletters, and correspondence contained within the archives chronicle the efforts, trials and tactics of those working to bring economic exchange back under regional and community control.
The Local Currency Archives are in the process of being electronically catalogued here and can be found by searching for the keyword "Local Currency." It is also currently accessible using the finding aids below:
LC Box 1: Email Correspondence on Local Currency Challenges (.pdf) II
LC Box 2a and 2b: Specific Local Currency Projects (.pdf) || LC Box 2a and 2b (.html)
LC Box 3: Ithaca Hours (.pdf) || LC Box 3 (.html)
LC Box 4: General Information (.pdf) || LC Box 4 (.html)
The Local Currency Archives are growing. Learn more about donating materials to the collection.