Collection Goal & Scope Statement
The #metoo Digital Media Collection is a digital project of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. This project will document the digital footprint of the #metoo movement and the accompanying political, legal, and social battles in the United States and will collect social media, news articles, statements of denial and/or apology, Web-forum conversations, legislation, lawsuits, statistical studies, Fortune 500 companies’ employment manuals, hashtags related to #metoo, and more. The material in the collection will date from 2007 with the creation of the #metoo hashtag by Tarana Burke and will end when #metoo activity subsides. The collection will be made available for interdisciplinary research on #metoo.
Collection dates: 2007 -
Hashtags: The project will collect media with the hashtag #metoo and this dynamic list of related hashtags.
Language: The project will collect tweets in English and in other languages when the point of origin is the U.S.
Regions: The project will endeavor to collect material from every region in the U.S., using the Census Bureau Regions and Divisions as guidelines, as well as from U.S. Territories.
Industries: #metoo has been spreading across industries. The project will endeavor to document its effect on industries by using the North American Industry Classification System as a guide.
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance and Insurance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Ideology: The project intends to document #metoo by collecting digital content created by its supporters and its critics.