The following bibliography — pulled from my favorites, and in no way exhaustive — will be helpful when one wants to start an archives:
Barriault, Marcel. “Archiving the Queer and Queering the Archives: A Case Study of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA),” in Community Archives: The Shaping of Memory ed. Jeannette A Bastian and Ben Alexander, (London: Facet Publishing, 2009).
Brinton, Ellen Starr. “Archives of Causes and Movements Difficulties and Some Solution as Illustrated By the Swarthmore College Peace Collection” American Archivist, 14, No. 2, 1951.
Flinn, Andrew. “Archival Activism: Independent and Community-led Archives, Radical Public History and the Heritage Professions.” InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies. 7. no. 2 (2011).
Flinn, Andrew. “Community Histories, Community Archives: Some Opportunities and Challenges,” Journal of the Society of Archivists, 28, No. 2 (2007).
Flinn, Andrew, M. Stevens, and E. Shepherd. “Whose memories, whose archives? Independent community archives, autonomy and the mainstream.” Archival Science. 9. no. 1 : 71-86.
Grigg, Susan. “A World of Repositories, a World of Records: Redefining the Scope of a National Subject Collection.” American Archivist. 48. no. 3 (1985): 286-295. http://archivists.metapress.com/content/9k066216168767q1/fulltext.pdf (accessed February 24, 2012).
Ham, F. Gerald . “The Archival Edge,” American Archivists, 38, No. 1 (1975). http://archivists.metapress.com/content/7400r86481128424/fulltext.pdf (accessed February 24, 2012).
Ketelaar, Eric. “Sharing: Collected Memories in Communities of Records.” Archives and Manuscripts. 33. (2005): 44-61. http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/research/centres/cosi/projects/mct/prato2006/ketelaar.pdf (accessed February 24, 2012).
Christine N. Paschild. “Community Archives and the Limitations of Identity: Considering Discursive Impact on Material Needs” American Archivist, 75, No. 1, 2012
Zinn, Howard. “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” text of speech transcribed and available: http://libr.org/progarchs/documents/Zinn_Speech_MwA_1977.html (accessed February 24, 2012).