An Add-a-Thon is an informal gathering to collectively add material to PGDA. There can be a theme to the event, such as Latinx design, LGBTQ+ design, Southeast Asian design, etc.


  • Anyone can host an online Add-a-Thon event via Zoom, Teams, Google Meet or ask PGDA for a Google Meet link. They can also take place in person!
  • Schedule: 90 minutes (people can drop in). Keep in mind time zones.
  • PGDA team can be on hand and publish material added to the Archive live during the event.

Before the event

  • You might want to ask participant to create an account in advance.
  • Ask participants to bring their research and any information they have about items to be added.

During the event

  • In the chat function, add a link to “Adding to the Archive” to show attendees how to set up an account, add to the archive, and review Community Guidelines.
  • Review the type of material the Add-a-Thon is seeking, parameters for adding material, and reminder to tag tag tag
  • Play music during the event to set the groove!


  • Use your own lists and reach out to others for theirs
  • PGDA supplies our logo, but you can generate your own assets
  • Host pushes out media; PGDA reposts

Take screen captures to document the event and share with PGDA!

Image Tools

  • Magic Eraser (available in Apps)

Getting information about your item (aka “Research”)

  • Google (look for sites ending in .edu or .org)
  • Google Lens (image match search)
  • Flickr
  • ebay, Etsy, or other estate sale sites or auction sites

Questions to consider for the “About” section

  • Where was it made?
  • Where did you find it?
  • When was it made?
  • Why was it made? (it’s purpose or function)
  • Who was it made for? (the audience)
  • How was it made?
  • Who valued it, and how was it valued?
  • How do you believe this item adds to graphic design history?


If you have questions feel free to reach out to hello[at]

Remember, our motto is “preservation not perfection.” Have fun!!